Welcome! We appreciate your interest in becoming a member of Kentucky's only organized, statewide, all-inclusive group of criminal defense lawyers. 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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Looking for Scholarship opportunity? 
This scholarship allows for 1 Year KACDL membership and is applicable to any Young Defender who has been practicing for 5 years or less. 

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Please Note: Annual Dues may be deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense for federal income tax purposes. KACDL estimates that 30% of your total membership dues are allocable to lobbying activities of the Association and therefore not a deductible for income tax purposes as ordinary and necessary business expense.

What some of our members are saying about us:

"KACDL is the preeminent organization for criminal defense lawyers in Kentucky. From training to advocacy at the legislature, I feel confident knowing that I've got a team of talented lawyers supporting me and my clients."

     - Bradley C.


"KACDL has provided me with a wealth of resources - sample motions and briefs, locating good advice quickly, excellent educational opportunities, and having a friendly resource in every part of the state. I can't imagine practicing without KACDL in my corner."

     - Julie K.