Since 1974, the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers has been the most important organization for lawyers involved in the defense of the accused in Georgia. The largest memberfunded, statewide criminal defense organization in the country, GACDL is comprised of criminal defense lawyers, law school students, and fulltime criminal investigators who stand together in their commitment to safeguard the constitutional guarantees of fairness in the criminal legal system. GACDL makes its voice for fair and effective criminal justice heard in the courts, the legislature, and the community.
Purpose of GACDL
GACDL Mission Statement
"To promote fairness and justice through membership education, services and support, public outreach, and a commitment to quality representation for all.”
NATASHA PERDEW SILAS
Hello my GACDL brothers and sisters. I want to begin my year as your President with a message of love - love and admiration for defenders and for what defenders do. Love and admiration for all of you.
My love for defenders began when I was a child - through stories my parents told me about the lawyer who represented them when they were jailed during the movement. They were both so impacted by their defender. He saw them through very difficult times. His name was C B King.READ MORE
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!
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!
The Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyers Education Foundation "GCDLEF" (The Foundation) was formed in 2008 for the purpose of supporting three GACDL-sponsored educational programs, the Al Horn Scholarship, the Bill Daniel Trial Advocacy Program, and the Debra Blum Program.