In 2018, PACDL adopted its inaugural legislative platform and in 2019 expanded its platform to 20 planks. A copy of the 2021 platform can be reviewed at this link. PACDL soliciits platform proposals beginnng in December every year. If you want to submit a proposal, please suibmit a few pararaphs to PACDL outlining a suggested proposal and the supporting rationale. Or click on this link to access the submission form.
PACDL has a platform process that begins with soliciting its membership for proposals. Those suggestions are then submitted to the Platform Committee for its review. Beginning in January, the Committee considers those suggestions and drafts amendments, if appropriate, to the platform. The Platform will is brought before the Board of Directors at its February meeting and then presented at the Annual Meeting of Members in Harrisburg.
The members of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL) direct the association’s legislative efforts. Accordingly, PACDL solicits and relies on its membership to develop proposals that are designed to: eliminate inequities based on policy or public law; express opposition or support for a policy, program or proposed legislation; or recommend changes to a state or federal policy, program or public law that would enhance the practice of criminal defense. Your platform represents the policy blueprint for PACDL's advocacy efforts.