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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2014 MACDL Annual Meeting
Who is to say we can't have a little fun at our annual meeting? Enjoy these snapshots from our 2014 MACDL Annual Meeting held in April, and don't miss this year's Annual Meeting!

Awards Given in April 2014
At our Annual Meeting in 2014 we were very excited to give out awards to our members.
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MACDL Annual Meeting and Spring CLE
April 9-10, 2015
Ameristar Casino
St. Charles, MO
Bernard Edelman DWI Conference
July 18-19
Tan-Tar-A Resort
Osage Beach, MO

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MACDL Annual Meeting & Spring CLE

When: April 9-10, 2015
Where: Ameristar Casino
      One Ameristar Blvd, St. Charles, MO 63301

Hotel room block expires March 13, 2015

Description: Live Seminar
Total MCLE hours- 13.2 including 1 hour of ethics

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Our CLE Speakers:

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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.
Monday, March 30
House Public Safety/Emergency preparedness
HB 75- upon Adj. HR 6
HB 76- upon Adj. HR 6
House Civil and Criminal Proceedings
HB 491- 12:00 pm HR 3
HB 657- 12:00 pm HR 3
HB 1173- 12:00 pm HR 3
House Emerging Issues
HB 1183- upon afternoon recess or Adj. HR 5
Tuesday, March 31
House Consumer Affairs
HB 300- 5:00 pm HR 4
Senate Judiciary Civil/Criminal Jurisprudence
SB 235- 1:00 pm Senate Lounge
SB 246- 1:00 pm Senate Lounge
SB 382- 1:00 pm Senate Lounge
Wednesday, April 1
House Civil and Criminal Proceedings
HB 1176- 12:00 pm HR 1
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.