About the ACDL-NJ

UPDATE 3/10/20 - CANCELED: We regret to inform you that the Forensic Science Summit  previously scheduled for March 17-18, 2020 must be canceled. NJIT is closing the facility to all events. 

We are working to reschedule and hope to be able to bring you the same line up of incredible speakers. We expect to announce the new date soon.  

We will hold the conference fees until the new date is announced.  If you cannot attend on the new date, we will provide a refund at that time.  

If you have any questions, please direct them to Judy Smith at judith.smith@opd.nj.gov.  Thank you for your cooperation.  Be safe and we will eventually see you at the Summit!

2020 Forensic Science Summit
for the Criminal Defense Bar

presented by OPD – ACDL-NJ – NJIT

NJ Institute of Technology Campus Center Atrium, Newark


  • Sign up today for this first collaborative training on today’s forensic science issues.
  • See Summit highlights and details here.
  • Presented by the OPD, Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the NJ Institute of Technology.  
  • Each day is accredited for NJ and PA credits.  
  • Registration is open to all OPD staff attorneys at the discounted, non-refundable rate of $25 for both days and ACDL-NJ members at the discounted, non-refundable rate of $50 for both days.
    All inquiries about the event should be directed to Judith Smith only at judith.smith@opd.nj.gov and you will receive an immediate response.

    The ACDL's History and Mission

    The Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (ACDL-NJ) was established in 1985 and has since become the primary organized voice for the criminal defense bar in New Jersey. The ACDL-NJ was formed, among other reasons, to respond to the continuing problems confronting criminal defense lawyers when they honestly, ethically, but zealously represent their clients; to protect and insure compliance with those individual rights guaranteed by the New Jersey and United States Constitutions; and to encourage cooperation among criminal defense lawyers engaged in the furtherance of those objectives. The criminal defense lawyer has a difficult job, which is poorly understood by the public and, on occasion, even by the courts. The ACDL-NJ's message to criminal defense lawyers has always been, and will continue to be: in your efforts to insure the basic rights and liberties of all people, you are not alone.

    Message from the President

    The Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey is an active, engaged group of more than 500 members across New Jersey, assisting each other to become effective advocates on behalf of criminal defendants, especially in difficult situations. The ACDL-NJ continues to make its voice heard in the New Jersey appellate courts as amicus curiae on behalf of the interests of the criminal defense bar and its clients in important matters. Our Lawyers Assistance Committee has successfully advocated on behalf of ACDL members in state and federal court, and our Legislation Committee has continued to monitor and weigh in on pending legislation affecting criminal defendants. The ACDL-NJ listserv enables members to reach out to our entire membership and pick the brains of the finest criminal defense lawyers in this State. In sum, there has never been a better time to become a member of the ACDL-NJ. If you are already a member and have suggestions about how to make the ACDL-NJ more useful to its members, please let us know.

    - John A. Azzarello, ACDL-NJ President

    ACDL-NJ at LinkedIn