The Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (KACDL) was formed in 1986 by renowned criminal defense lawyers Frank Haddad, Charlie Coy and Bill Johnson, along with other prominent attorneys, to address the criminal defense bar's lack of influence in the drafting of Kentucky's Truth-in-Sentencing law. For over twenty-five years, KACDL has effectively and progressively interacted with the General Assembly in the legislative process. KACDL has had an active voice in the 1997 Governor's Criminal Justice Response Team, the 2003 Kentucky Penal Code Revision Project, the Kentucky Criminal Justice Council and the Kentucky Supreme Court Rules Committee, speaking on behalf of the criminally accused and providing support for their defenders.

Today, KACDL is the only organized, statewide, all-inclusive group of criminal defense lawyers in Kentucky. We remain committed to penal code reform, to fairness and justice for all citizens accused of crimes in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and to unwavering service to the criminal defense community through effective and supportive networking, advocacy and education.


Read the most recent KACDL Newsletter

KACDL Officers and Board Members

Join the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and network with some of the most distinguished members
of Kentucky's criminal defense bar.

Membership Application

All KACDL Members are Encouraged to Attend
Meetings of the Board

August 6th, Kentucky Dam Village, Gilbertsville
October 29th, The Galt House, Louisville

Board Meetings Convene at 4 PM

KACDL 2015
Summer Video Seminar Series

CLE in the Month of June

Bowling Green, Corbin,
Covington, Elizabethtown,
Harlan, Hopkinsville, Lexington, London, Louisville, Madisonville, Nicholasville, Paducah, Richmond

Seminar Topics
Litigating the Non-Capital Sentencing Hearing

Ethics: Professional Responsibilties of the Defense

2015 Kentucky Legislative Update

Using Federal Sentencing Guidelines
To Write a Happier Ending

Download the Video Seminar Brochure

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Notice from Louisville Metro Corrections
The Louisville Metro Department of Corrections, in cooperation with the Public Defender’s office and members of the private Bar, has recently taken steps to ensure, for the first time, that outgoing calls from inmates to their attorneys are not recorded or monitored.

Make sure your attorney-client phone calls are secure

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Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
P.O. Box 7582
Louisville, Kentucky 40257
(502) 594-1375


William G. Deatherage, Jr., KACDL President

Ernie Lewis, KACDL Legislative Agent