||GACDL FAQS (Frequently Asked Questions)|
FOR THE PUBLIC
1) I am a member of the public looking for an attorney. Can you help?
Answer: Click here: Lawyer Search. You can search by city or town to find contact information for members of the association.
FOR OUR MEMBERS
PASSWORD AND LISTSERVER:
1) How do I get into the members only section (MOS) of this website?
Answer: Once you log in, the members only section will appear. Click on the blue person icon at the top of this page. Then use your email address and password to log in. Forgot your email address? Check your listing under Lawyer Search. Forgot your password? Click "forgot password." More instructions are located under help. Once you log in, the members only section will appear for you.
2) Please sign me up for the listserver!
Answer: Please look here under Listserver and follow the simple instructions. You must sign up from your own computer. Yahoogroups will no longer let us add anyone. If you have questions about the sign up instructions, please let us know.
3) Ok, I signed up for the Listserver today and I’m still not getting any mail.
Answer: It can take a few days for you to be approved to the group. Approvals are typically done once a week by our volunteer webmaster. Please contact Mike Shapiro if you are not approved within one week.
4) May I advertise my event on the GACDL Listserver?
Answer: Please see the full GACDL Listserver Policy here. The relevant portion of the policy is below. If you have any questions, please call the office.
2) Permitted Discussions: The GACDL Listserver is a resource solely for questions and answers pertaining to the practice of, or discussions about, criminal defense, and announcements by the GACDL staff to its members.
Questions about non-criminal defense law practice are allowed, and considered off-topic. These questions may be posted to the Listserver with a subject line beginning with OT (off-topic). All replies to these off-topic posts must be sent directly to the originator of the message thread, and not to the entire Listserver. Please be sure to reply to off-topic posts by choosing "reply," rather than "reply all."
Topics unrelated to the practice of law are prohibited.
5) What is your contact information:
Answer: Our contact information can be found here.
6) When is the office open?
Normalhours are Monday- Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm EST. GACDL is closed on holidays, personal days, and vacation days. The office is closed the day before seminars so that the staff can travel to and set up the seminars. We are normally closed to phone calls and emails on the Monday after seminars. We do not have a waiting area, so please call the office before dropping by.
7) I called the office during normal office hours and no one answered the phone!
Answer: We are on the other lines assisting other members, we have gone to lunch, or to run errands. Please leave a message with your phone number (if you repeat it twice, we’ll be sure to get it) and someone will get back with you as soon as possible.
8) I’m not receiving my newsletter or other mail from GACDL!
Answer: Our newsletters are now sent out electronically through our website. Be sure that your email address is correct on this website by checking our Lawyers Search. If you unsubscribe from GACDL emails, you will NOT be able to receive your newsletters or GACDL seminar materials. Please stay subscribed.
Please be sure that you update GACDL any time that you move or change your email address. We want to be sure that you receive your mailings in a timely manner. Sometimes updates come in to the office after mail has been sent out. You should receive the next mailing after you update us without issues.
Please email Brandie Martinez Bedard with any updates.
9) How do I update my mailing address?
Answer: Either log in to edit your own profile, or send an e-mail with your updated contact information: Brandie Martinez Bedard.
10) Have I paid my dues this year?
Answer: Check under Lawyer Search. Search for your last name. If you do not appear, we have not received your dues. If there is a problem please give us a call at 404-248-1777.
11) I do some/mostly court appointed work. Can I pay the PD rate for dues and seminars?
Answer: Most of our regular, contributing, sustaining, and life members do some kind of court appointed work. The PD rate is offered to full time federal, state, and county employed public defenders and investigators in those offices.
12) How much are dues this year?
Answer: You can find a dues invoice here.
New member applications can be found here.
To learn more about the benefits of each level of membership see the dues invoice above or click here.
13) Do you accept credit cards?
Answer: Yes. You can pay for your dues, seminars, and merchandise through the website using any credit card. You can also use a credit card at the seminars.
GACDL accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover for most purchases.
If you would like a copy of the GACDL credit card form, please email Brandie or call the office at (404) 248-1777.
A small convenience and handling fee is added to all credit card purchases.
14) May I have a discount on my dues?
Answer: GACDL has among the lowest dues rate in the country for a criminal defense lawyers association. It costs more per person to run the association than we charge each member for dues. Fortunately we have members who join at the contributing and sustaining rates who help subsidize the costs for others. We appreciate your support.
15) How long do GACDL dues last?
Answer: GACDL is on a calendar year. The dues year begins December 1 and goes through November 30 each year.
16) I received a dues notice in the mail and I think I already paid.
Answer: The invoice may have crossed the dues payment in the mail, or we may have made a mistake. Please give us a call at the office so that we can take care of this for you: (404) 248-1777.
17) I received a dues notice and I’m a life member!
Answer: GACDL sends you the first dues invoice so that you may see the ballot of officers and annual meeting announcement. Please disregard the dues invoice portion. We will mark you paid every year.
18) I’m joining in June. May I have a discount?
Answer: NEW members who join after May 30 may have a $50 discount off of their second year’s dues. This does not apply to the New Attorney or Public Defender rate.
19) How long does the “new to the bar” discount last?
Answer: Attorneys may pay the “new to the bar” rate for the first two years that they have been members of the bar.
20) How can I register for a GACDL seminar?
Answer: Log in as a member and then register. It's as simple as that. If you do not log in, the website will not know to offer you the member rates. Help can be found here.
21) I don’t see a seminar registration form for the seminar I wish to attend.
Answer: If it is not on the website, it is not available yet. The seminar director and the GACDL Educational Services Committee are still putting together the program. As soon as it is available it will be posted online.
22) Does GACDL accept walk-ins at your seminars?
Answer: For most events the answer is YES! The Winter and Fall Seminars, as well as seminars at certain venues, such as the State Bar building, can get full so be sure to register in advance for those. People who pre-register for our seminars are emailed materials in advance of the seminar. They are guaranteed food and seating.
23) May I come to the seminar events for free and just hang out? I do not need the CLE and I will not be coming to the seminar. I want to network.
Answer: The seminar registration fees pay for the events. It costs the association money to book space for the event, order food, and pay the staff. If you do not need the CLE and wish to come to the seminar events, simply choose the "no CLE" rate on the seminar form.
24) May I bring my husband (girlfriend, wife, partner, boyfriend, significant other) to a GACDL cocktail reception?
If you registered and paid for the seminar, yes. Please feel free to bring your guest.
25) May I bring my spouse, significant other, child, secretary, paralegal, investigator, etc. into the seminar?
Only paid registrants may attend the CLE portion of the seminars. Associate member investigators may register and pay for the seminars. Paralegals may attend with the member attorney they work with. Paralegals pay the regular (non-CLE) price for the seminar and need to contact the office to register. Please contact the office if you need more information about this.
THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION:
26) I would like to make a tax deductible donation to the Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyers Education Foundation (GCDLEF.) How can I do that?
You can also include GCDLEF in your will. A will codicil can be found here.
Please make checks payable to GCDLEF and mail them to the GACDL office:
P.O. Box 68
Decatur, GA 30031
MATERIALS FOR SALE:
27) How can I get a copy of Doug Peters’ manual?
Answer: You must be a dues current member of GACDL. Once we receive payment for the book we will mail it to you. Please find instructions here (note that you must be logged in to view this page).
28) I’d like to order some GACDL merchandise. How can I do that?
Answer: You can order GACDL merchandise online here (note that you must be logged in to view this page), or come to our seminars! We have new merchandise for sale at each event.
I HAVE A QUESTION THAT IS NOT IN THIS FAQS LIST!
Answer: Call the GACDL office at (404) 248-1777.
Thank you for being a member!