"To promote fairness and justice through membership education, services and support, public outreach, and a commitment to quality representation for all.”
- GACDL Mission Statement
Robert G. Rubin - GACDL President
THE 1 PERCENT
Since high school I wanted to be a criminal defense lawyer. That was a long time and a lot of hair ago. Early on, I knew that my interest in mobsters and madmen was odd. Certainly, my parents didn’t understand my desire to represent the accused. Even in law school, I was one of only two students in my class who wanted to practice criminal defense after graduation. We were the 1 percent. So are you.
What we do is unique. We are misunderstood by most and reviled by many; but we know that by standing up for the rights of individuals, even those believed to be guilty, we help make the United States a model for the world.
We are fortunate that the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers supports the 1 percent. For over 40 years, GACDL has been speaking up for us in the media, in the courts, and in the legislature. We have been especially fortunate to have Sam Dennis serving as our president for an unprecedented two years. Under his leadership, GACDL has developed its first long range plan, establishing specific goals for making GACDL more valuable to its members.
As incoming president of GACDL, I look forward to implementing some of the measures the Long-Term Planning Committee thought were important. In 2016, GACDL will provide more mental health support and education for its members. We will expand social activities and update our motions bank to make it more relevant and useful. We have a brand new device app for our members and seminar attendees, so that our website and seminar information is now quickly accessible to you via your Smartphone and computer. We will try to move out of Jennifer Mackall’s guest bedroom because we’ve outgrown it. And our Foundation will be more creative with fund-raising in order to continue supporting the organization that supports us.
We are not the 99 percent who want to suspend due process in favor of security. We are the 1 percent who believe that every individual has the right to a fair trial, and who actually fight day and night to make fair trials possible. As president of GACDL, I will do my best to support all of you in your fight.
- Robert G. Rubin, GACDL President
Purpose of GACDL
To provide an appropriate state organization representing those lawyers who are actively engaged in the defense of criminal cases;
- To resist proposed legislation or rules which would curtail such rights and to promote sound alternatives;
- To promote educational activities to improve the skills and knowledge of lawyers engaged in the defense of criminal cases;
- To improve the judicial system and to urge the selection and appointment to the bench of well-qualified and experienced lawyers;
- To improve the correctional system and to seek more effective rehabilitation opportunities for those convicted of crimes;
- To promote constant improvement in the administration of criminal justice.
Largest Member Only Supported Statewide Criminal Defense Association in the United States
Since 1974, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL) has been the most important organization for lawyers involved in the defense of the accused in the State of Georgia. In fact, GACDL is the largest member supported statewide criminal defense association in the United States.
Over 1800 Members Safeguarding the Constitution
GACDL is comprised of criminal defense lawyers, law school students, and full time criminal defense investigators who stand together in the commitment to safeguard the constitutional guarantees of fairness in the criminal justice process.
GACDL makes its voice for fair and effective criminal justice heard in the courts, the legislature, and the community.