MACDL is dedicated to protecting the rights of criminally accused through a strong and cohesive criminal defense bar. We strive to improve the quality of justice in Missouri by seeking to ensure fairness and equality before the law. To achieve this important purpose, MACDL participates in legislative matters, works with the judiciary to make advances in serving the people who come to court, and provides continuing legal education to practitioners to improve their skills.
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2015 MACDL Fall CLE
Enjoy these snapshots from our most recent CLE program!

Awards Given in April 2015
At our Annual Meeting we were very excited to give out MACDL awards.
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Defending Your Clients Driver's License:
Administrative Hearings & Trials De Novo
February 19, 2016
Stoney Creek Inn
Independence, MO

Defending Your Clients Driver's License:
Administrative Hearings & Trials De Novo
March 3, 2016
Holiday Inn Airport West Earth City
Earth City, MO
MACDL Spring CLE and Annual Meeting
Criminal Code Revision
March 31-April 1, 2016
Westin Crown Center
Kansas City, MO
Bernard Edelman DWI Conference
July 21-23, 2016
Tan-Tar-A Resort
Osage Beach, MO


This video produced, by the Missouri Bar, explains how the MO Nonpartisan Court Plan works.  It explores the rich history that inspired Missourians to be the first in the nation to adopt the system.


MACDL’s Amicus Committee responds to requests for assistance by members involved in issues of general bar interest in the appellate courts of Missouri.

Click here for Other MACDL Amicus Briefs.

Legislative Session- 1/7/15- 5/15/15.
2014 Criminal Code Revisions with effective date of 2017
Follow this link for bill text - SB 491


Please Contribute to the MACDL Political Action Committee.  In order for us to stay on top of legislative items against our industry, we have our own political action committee. Click here for a contribution form and send your donation today or click here to make that donation right now online via Authorize.Net! Personal and Corporate contributions are accepted.