GEORGIA ASSOCIATION OF 

CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS

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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


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

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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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Kimberly A. Dymecki- GACDL President

Thirty years ago, when I was admitted to practice law in the State of Georgia, I had no desire to represent individuals charged with crimes. My best friend became a public defender and that allowed me to really see the justice system and the integral role that the defense attorney holds. A few years later, I was lured to the Fulton County Courthouse and the call of defending those charged with crimes.

In those years Fulton County had a public defender program, but it appointed lawyers for all conflicts as well as other cases due to the sheer volume of cases. The appointed lawyers became a close group with the older ones helping to mentor the younger, teaching us how to practice law and how to protect the rights of the clients entrusted to us. I soon came to realize that I loved criminal defense. Why? Because it is all about the Constitution and protecting the rights of All of Us through the representation of One........                                    

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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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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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