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.

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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

2014 KACDL
Federal Criminal Defense Seminar

Friday, April 25, 2014

U.S. Courthouse
310 South Main Street
London, Kentucky

Presenters include
United States Magistrate Judge Hanly A. Ingram
United States District Judge Danny C. Reeves
United States District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove
United States Magistrate Judge Robert E. Wier
KACDL President J. Guthrie True

Register for the KACDL Federal Criminal Defense Seminar

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All KACDL Members are Encouraged to Attend
Meetings of the Board

July 24th at DPA, Frankfort
October 23rd at the Galt House, Louisville

All Board Meetings Will Convene at 4 PM

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Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
P.O. Box 910369
Lexington, Kentucky 40591-0369
(502) 229-0998


J. Guthrie True, KACDL President

Ernie Lewis, KACDL Legislative Agent