Mission Statement

To foster, maintain, and encourage the integrity, independence, and expertise of the defense lawyer in criminal cases; to achieve justice and dignity for defense lawyers, defendants, and the criminal justice system itself; to protect and insure by rule of law those individual rights guaranteed by the Utah and United States Constitutions, to encourage cooperation among lawyers engaged in the furtherance of such objectives through educational programs and other assistance, and through such cooperation, education, and assistance, to promote justice and the common good; to promote study and research in the criminal justice systems and the related disciplines; to disseminate by lectures, seminars, and publications, the advancement of knowledge of the law as it relates and is ancillary to the field of criminal practice; to promote the proper administration of criminal justice; to foster periodic educational meetings of defense lawyers and to provide a forum for material exchange of information regarding the administration of criminal justice and thereby concern itself with the protection of individual rights and the improvement of criminal law, its practice and procedures; and to draft and recommend legislation related to the criminal law and criminal justice.

Continuing Legal Education 

UACDL is the premier source of defense-related legal education in Utah. We feature both local and national experts speaking on a range of criminal defense topics including Appellate law, Juvenile defense, DUI cases, Capital Punishment, Jury Trials, Sex crimes and more. UACDL makes the education of the Utah defense bar one of its primary missions. It is our goal to provide the highest quality continuing legal education available anywhere in the State at a price affordable to all practitioners. Members of the UACDL enjoy special pricing on all CLE’s and non-members are invited to take advantage of those discounts, and all the other privileges of membership, by joining the organization.

The Benefits of Membership

- Up to six hours of free CLE per year through evening seminars held throughout the state;
- Discounts on seminars that feature national and local experts that address Utah specific issues and emerging legal topics;
- Access to UACDL’s members-only sections of its website, including a vast brief bank, profiles of judges, prosecutors, and police officers, and expert profiles and court contact information;
- Registration in UACDL’s members-only email forums where members can post legal questions, share documents, and exchange ideas about criminal law issues;
- A voice at the Utah Legislature through UACDL’s legislative committee.
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