The South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers was founded in 1992. Members of the organization practice criminal defense in both federal and state court and include private attorneys and public defenders. The organization advocates for the profession and sponsors Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars throughout the year.
Membership in SCACDL is open to South Carolina criminal defense attorneys who are actively engaged in representing individuals charged with criminal offenses in either state or federal court. Associate membership is open to individuals that support criminal defense attorneys such as paralegals, investigators and expert witnesses. Prosecutors and judges are not eligible to join or remain in SCACDL.
To join, the applicant must certify that he or she supports the purpose the purposes of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, is committed to the fair administration of criminal justice and the defense of individuals accused of crime. Sustaining members and benefactor members receive special recognition.
Benefits of Membership in SCACDL
The benefits of joining the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers include:
There has been a great deal of public discussion over the last month in South Carolina about criminal defense lawyers. The discussion has taken the form of opinion pieces in media regarding DUI laws and political attack ads on our televisions. It has run the gamut from sensationalized negative portrayals of criminal defense attorneys, to steadfast support of the profession as a fundamental part of our democracy.
Every year, South Carolina public defenders along with Criminal Defense attorneys and prosecutors have separate conferences during the same week. South Carolina Supreme Court Justices are invited to speak during the education programs.
Recently, the Solicitor's Association invited Justice Donald Beatty to their conference. Summaries of his remarks indicate he focused on prosecutors' unique ethical duties, not just as advocates, but their higher duty under American jurisprudence "to seek justice".