Become a Member




MISSION: WACDL is committed to promoting the proper administration of criminal justice; fostering and maintaining the integrity, independence and expertise of the defense lawyer in criminal cases; and encouraging an unyielding concern for the protection of individual rights and due process.


Membership is restricted to attorneys who practice criminal defense law; those who are full or part time prosecutors or judges may not join WACDL. Currently we have more than 400 members from across Wisconsin, representing both large firms and solo practitioners.


We administer a very active list serve on which our members exchange practice pointers, insights into judges, prosecutors and law enforcement, legal strategies, war stories, successes and failures, and sample motions and briefs.  Members are expected to respect the confidentiality of the list serve and may not share or forward messages to persons outside their firms.  WACDL members also have access to a brief bank and sample motions and other pleadings , a directory of experts, and a resource library.


WACDL sponsors two or three criminal law seminars annually, including one devoted strictly to the ethical issues that criminal defense lawyers see in their practices.  WACDL also works to arrange mentoring relationships for new lawyers who want to have the benefit of a one-on-one relationship with an experienced practitioner.


We regularly recognize exceptional criminal defense lawyers with awards for successful defense at trail of homicides, exceptional service to persons unable to pay for an attorney, and outstandingl contributions to the practice of criminal law.  Click to view award recipients




Annual dues for new lawyers (those who have been practicing for less than three years) are $30.00. Regular membership is $100.00/year, a Sustaining Membership is $250.00, and members of the President's Club support WACDL at $500.00 annually.  There is no charge for law students, but they are not eligible to subscribe to our confidential list serve. Our membership year runs from July 1 to June 30 and is renewed annually upon payment of dues.


New Lawyer ($30) and Regular Membership($100)


* Access to the WACDL web site and brief and pleadings bank.

* Listing in the searchable online membership directory

* Listing in the "Find a Lawyer" search tool

* Reduced fees at WACDL seminars

* Access to the WACDL list serve

* Access to the services of the Lawyer Strike Force


Sustaining Membership ($250)   View list of Sustainer Members


* All benefits of regular membership

* Listing in the Sustainers section of the on-line WACDL directory

* Recognition in seminar outlines and materials

* $50 off certificate good for any WACDL seminar


President's Club Membership ($500)  View list of Presidents Members


* All benefits of regular and sustaining membership

* Separate listing on the WACDL website

* Two certificates each worth $50 off the member price of any WACDL seminar.


We encourage you to pay by credit card. Fill out the form below, you will then be prompted to select the membership level and pay electronically.


Prefer to pay by mail:  Click here to view our membership brochure


Attorney Peter McKeever is the Executive Director.‚Äč

Our mailing address is PO Box 6706, Monona, WI 53716.  Telephone 608-223-1275, Fax 608-223-9329




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