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

May 7th at the office of Pat Renn, Louisville
August 6th, Kentucky Dam Village, Gilbertsville
October 29th, The Galt House, Louisville

Board Meetings Convene at 4 PM

DUI Seminar
Featuring Steve Oberman
Nationally Recognized
DUI Trial Lawyer

Friday, April 24, 2015
Lexington, Kentucky

Download the 2015 DUI Seminar Brochure
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2015 KACDL Video Seminar Series
Coming in June

Using Federal Sentencing Guidelines
To Write a Happier Ending

Litigating the Non-Capital Sentencing Hearing

Professional Responsibilties of the Defense

2015 Kentucky Legislative Update

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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 910369
Lexington, Kentucky 40591-0369
(502) 229-0998


William G. Deatherage, Jr., KACDL President

Ernie Lewis, KACDL Legislative Agent