GEORGIA ASSOCIATION OF 

CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS

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2017 BILL DANIEL SCHOLARSHIPS
Goal: $45,000.00
Collected: $15,530.00
35%

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"To promote fairness and justice through membership education, services and support, public outreach, and a commitment to quality representation for all.”    

  - GACDL Mission Statement


LISTSERVER

Don’t practice law alone! Join the largest criminal defense listserv in the country. Ask questions of over 900 peers across the state. Someone on the Listserver has the answer to your question. 

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NETWORKING

We offer criminal defense CLEs around the state. Meet your peers for networking and referrals. Our CLEs include fun events like cocktail parties, trivia, volleyball on the beach, fun runs, and more! 

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STRIKE FORCE

GACDL is 1,800 lawyers strong- and growing. When members are threatened with contempt or arrest for actions taken in defense of a client, we have their back. Don't be alone in your time of need! 

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OUR PRESIDENT SPEAKS

Angie Coggins- GACDL President



Proud to Be a Public Defender:  The year was 1978. The place was Northside Junior High School. That is where it all began.

I was in eighth grade and took a class entitled, “Youth In Law.” It was all about the juvenile justice system. On the first day of class, our teacher announced that as part of the course, we would have a mock trial towards the end of the quarter (if “junior high” didn’t date me, then the fact that we were on a quarter system certainly does!). I couldn’t wait. When the time came, I was fortunate enough to get to play the defense attorney. Of course, I was appointed, not retained—and thus began my career as a public defender. My mock client probably didn’t think she was so lucky to have me as her lawyer, since the mock jury found her mock guilty. However, in my defense, I was not as effective as I could have been, because I was not yet a member of GACDL!

I am now a proud member of GACDL and have been for more than 27 years. I am honored and humbled to be the new President of this most amazing and valuable organization. I cannot imagine my legal life without the support, guidance, and wisdom of the wonderful, learned, and always helpful members of this great association. I cannot imagine my personal life without the precious friendships that were formed thanks to GACDL.

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ADVOCACY

GACDL lobbyist Mazie Lynn Causey and our dedicated Legislative Committee work tirelessly on the issues affecting you and your clients. Help support their crucial efforts! 

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 INVOLVEMENT

We love our volunteers! Check out the list of GACDL Committees, call a chairperson, and volunteer. It’s a great way to meet other members, and to grow into GACDL leadership. 

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TRAINING  

Need criminal defense trial skills? We offer the best training in the country for members with limited trial experience: The Bill Daniel Trial Advocacy Program. Don’t miss out! 

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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.

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