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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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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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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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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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Jason Sheffield- GACDL President

It is an incredible undertaking to be a criminal defense attorney. It requires self-care, continuing education, steadfastness, bravery, and a big heart. In order to be successful, you must work with and against people who have more resources, support, and decision-making power than you. At times daunting, at other times exhilarating. None of it can be accomplished alone.

I was an honorary member of GACDL since I was a child, coming to GACDL seminars with my mother, Linda Sheffield. Because of her, I met a handful of mentors who were willing to guide me early on in my career. They were my first employer, Dwight Thomas, and my current partners, Doug Peters and Bob Rubin. Their advice and hers was clear: you must put yourself in the client’s shoes; embrace the law; and get involved with GACDL. Nothing has served me better than being encouraged to invest my time, energy, and heart into 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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