About the ACDL-NJ

ACDL-NJ 31st Annual
Super Saturday Seminar

Saturday, October 26, 2019
APA Hotel Woodbridge
120 Wood Avenue South | Iselin, NJ
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
NJ MCLE, PA & NY credits will be available


Welcome by ACDL-NJ President 

John A. Azzarello, Esq.

The Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Courts:
Gender Bias in the Legal Profession

Jessica S. Allen, Esq., The Killian Firm, P.C.
Emily A. Kaller, Esq., Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP
Linda A. Mainenti-Walsh, Esq., Mainenti Walsh Law

Evidence 101

John J. McMahon, Esq., Law Firm of John J. McMahon

Building on Carpenter:
New Fourth Amendment Challenges Every Defense Lawyer Should Consider

Michael Price, Esq., Senior Litigation Counsel, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Fourth Amendment Center

The DWI Earthquake:
NJ Drunk Driving Sentences Biggest Changes in 40 Years Plus the Statewide Effects of State v. Cassidy for most DWIs in NJ

Jeffrey Evan Gold, Esq., Law Offices of Gold & Associates, PC


Linda Foster, Esq. Assistant Federal Public Defender
Lorraine Gauli-Rufo, Esq., LGR Office

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ACDL-NJ helps score a major win for
attorney-client privilege in New Jersey

August 16, 2019 -- Attorneys representing the ACDL-NJ helped achieve a major victory for defendants’ rights, defeating a New Jersey state prosecutor’s bid to force a criminal defense attorney to testify in a grand jury proceeding against a former client pertaining to, among other issues, the substance of the client’s communications with his lawyer.

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

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