The Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (VACDL) was originally incorporated in 1992 as the Virginia College of Criminal Defense Attorneys.
Its name was changed in December 2002 to reflect its affiliation with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). VACDL is a statewide organization of attorneys whose practice is primarily focused on the representation of those accused of criminal violations.
Our mission is to improve the quality of justice in Virginia by seeking to ensure fairness and equality before the law. To achieve this important goal, we participate in legislative matters so that all sides are heard, work with the judiciary to make advances in serving the people who come to court, and provide continuing legal education to practitioners to improve their skills.
~The Defenders Circle~
The Defenders Circle is a donation program that benefits the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (VACDL) members, seminars, and programs. VACDL has experienced tremendous growth over the past several years in membership, seminar attendance, legislative advocacy efforts and more. Defenders Circle members will play a crucial role in ensuring that VACDL maintains its success and strength as the ONLY voluntary bar association in Virginia dedicated exclusively to criminal defense. Donations* starting at $250 are included in the Defenders Circle. Among other benefits, Defenders Circle members will be showcased on the VACDL website, on signage at the current year's Annual Meeting, and in editions of The Virginia Champion electronic newsletter during the year in which their donation was made. Donations can be made on a continuing yearly basis to ensure that the member remains in the Defenders Circle!
N.B. For 2023's Fall Annual Meeting, all Defender Circle contributions will need to be submitted and received no later than Friday, September 29, 2023. We will include our 2023 Defender Circle Member listings on Annual Meeting materials and event signage.
Defenders Circle categories:
Principal in the First Degree, donations starting at $1000
Co-Conspirator, donations starting at $750
Aider and Abettor, donations starting at $500
Accessory after the fact, donations starting at $250
*VACDL is a 501(c)6 organization. Donations are not considered tax deductible.
Donations can also be sent via check payable to VACDL, c/o 3126 W Cary Street, #615, Richmond, VA 23221. On your check, please indicate whether the firm or an individual attorney intends to join the Defenders Circle so that correct acknowledgment can be made.