Mission Statement & Founding Purposes


  • To be the unified voice of an inclusive criminal defense community.

  • To promote excellence in the practice of criminal law.

  • To improve the criminal justice system at the judicial, legislative and executive levels.

  • To insure the integrity and independence of the criminal defense lawyer.

  • To promote the protection of the rights of individuals.

Founding Purposes

  • To promote study and research in criminal defense law and related


  • To disseminate by lectures, seminars and publications the advancement

    of knowledge of the law as it relates to the field of criminal defense


  • To promote the proper administration of criminal justice;

  • To foster, maintain and encourage the independence and expertise of the

    criminal defense lawyer; and

  • To further the education of the criminal defense community through

    periodic meetings and to provide a forum for the exchange of information

    concerning the criminal justice system.