Section 1. The Association is formed exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes, including, without limitation, the following:
(a) To promote study and research in the field of criminal defense law and the related arts;
(b) To disseminate by lectures, seminars, publications, and other means, the advancement of the knowledge of the law and of relevant scientific topics as both relate to criminal defense practice;
(c) To promote the proper administration of criminal justice, including defending the independence of the judiciary to the extent it exists and to increasing if for the protection of the rights of all persons within the jurisdiction of the State of Missouri;
(d) To foster, maintain and encourage the integrity, independence, and expertise of the defense lawyers in criminal cases;
(e) To foster periodic meetings of defense lawyers and to provide a forum for the exchange of information regarding the administration of criminal justice; and
(f) In the foregoing ways and otherwise to promote the protection of individual rights, especially due process for persons accused of crime, and self-discipline by governments in the imposition of criminal sanctions and sentences; advocacy for criminal defense lawyers who are subjected to adverse action for zealous representation of accused persons; and the improvement of the practice of criminal law and of the procedures employed in criminal cases.