Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association


  • 07 Dec 2013 9:25 PM | Amber Lynn Ladner (Administrator)
    The 4 Corners Seminars in Anniston, Tuscaloosa and Enterprise were well attended this past Friday December 6, 2013.  Attendees were the recipient of a wealth of helpful information regarding the most current issues in criminal defense.  Special thanks to the site coordinators:  Nettie Blume in Tuscaloosa, Bill Broome in Anniston, and Carmen Howell in Enterprise.  I am proud to report that the turnout at the seminars was higher this year than in years past.  There is still time to register for the remaining two seminars in Huntsville and Mobile.  Both are slated for December 13, 2013.
  • 21 May 2013 6:25 PM | Anonymous

    The late Randy Brooks of Anniston was named the 2013 recipient of the Roderick
    Beddow Award at ACDLA's 2013 Summer Seminar in Panama City, Florida on May 3, 2013. The award is ACDLA's highest honor and is given to a Alabama criminal defense lawyer for a lifetime of achievements in the field of criminal defense.

    Presenting tributes to Randy were his friends and peers,  Dave Johnston and Bill Broome. Accepting the hand painted tribute was Randy's wife, Patsy. Special thanks to Dave Johnston, Bill Broome and Tom Harmon for assisting in the presentation.

    Randy, ACDLA misses you and will remember you always for your contributions to
    this organization and to this profession.
  • 25 Jun 2012 1:43 PM | Deleted user

    David Luker - Beddow Award WinnerMONTGOMERY, ALABAMA…The Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (ACDLA), at its 2012 Summer Seminar annual awards banquet in Pensacola Beach, FL, awarded its highest honor, the Roderick Beddow Award to Birmingham criminal defense lawyer, David Luker.

    Mr. Luker has been a part of ACDLA since its inception in 1981. His devotion as an advocate of the improvement of the criminal justice system is undeniable and he has readily devoted his time in speaking at continuing legal education seminars, and teaching at the Birmingham School of Law.  He fully understands the importance of what criminal defense lawyers do in representing all of those who are accused of crime, including those who are unable to pay for our services.

    David Luker is very much like Mr. Beddow, who was a zealous advocate for his client. He is dedicated to mentoring new lawyers, and serves the bar through his committees.  Known for his high profile cases, his client list also includes Thomas Blanton, Jr. and Eric Rudolph, among a few.

    He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), ACDLA and is a co-founder and charter member of the Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.  

    The Roderick Beddow Award is given each year to a member of ACDLA in recognition of a career of criminal defense work.

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    Receiving Merit Awards for outstanding success in criminal cases were:
    Bruce Gardner, Huntsville
    Jake Watson and Brian White, Huntsville
    Michael Hanle, Brett Bloomston and Joe Basgier, III, Birmingham
    John Lentine, Birmingham
    Jeff Bramer, Birmingham
    Bill Clark, David McKnight, Jim Parkman, Birmingham,
    Tommy Goggans, Jeff Duffey, and Ron Wise, Montgomery
    Dennis Knizley, Mobile
    Paul Young, Enterprise and J. David Robinson, Daleville
    Dustin Fowler, Dothan
    Ross Massey, Tuscaloosa
    Jason Neff, Tuscaloosa
    Gar Blume Tuscaloosa
    Walt Buttram, Brandy Pearson & Scott Stewart, Gadsden
    Receiving Presidents Awards for outstanding contributions to ACDLA this past year:
    Bill Broome, Anniston
    Hays Webb, Tuscaloosa
    Kathryn King, Cullman
    Jeff Austin, Florence
    Patrick Mahaney, Montgomery
    Joel Sogol, Tuscaloosa
    Linda Coats, Huntsville
    Bill Blanchard, Montgomery
    Joe Van Heest, Tuscaloosa
    Paul Young, Enterprise
    Ann Cooper, Montgomery

  • 25 Jun 2011 10:34 PM | Deleted user
    Don Colee, Beddow Award WinnerDonald Lee Colee, Jr. of Birmingham, ACDLA's Past President, was named the recipient of the Roderick Beddow Award in Pensacola Beach at ACDLA's 30th Anniversary celebration and annual meeting.

    Mr. Colee was presented ACDLA's highest honor for a lifetime of achievement in the field of criminal defense.  His background includes working since 1988 with youth services programs for juveniles. He has lectured at numerous bar associations around the state and has served on the Board of Directors of ACDLA for several years.

    This past year, Mr. Colee worked diligently as President of ACDLA on the indigent defense services legislation which was designed to reform Alabama's indigent defense system. He even spent his 60th birthday at the Statehouse fighting to ensure the rights of both the defender and client were represented by state lawmakers in this new legislation.  On hand to present Don with this award were two friends, the Honorable Laura Petro and the Honorable Tommy Nail, both Judges from the 10th Judicial Circuit, Jefferson County.

    Mr. Colee is a graduate of The Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1976. From 1976 to 1983, Don served as Deputy District Attorney of Jefferson County. From 1983 to the present, he has been in the private practice of law in Birmingham. He handles all types of cases from death penalty to misdemeanors, trials and appeals.

    Don is an active member of the Alabama Bar Association, ACDLA, the Birmingham Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and has been a member of the Chalkville Campus Advisory Board for the Department of Youth Services since 1988, working with juveniles. He has served as CLE lecturer at the Birmingham Bar Association, the Birmingham Police Academy, as well as the Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Asociation seminars.

    The Roderick Beddow award was named for Birmingham civil rights activitist and lawyer, Roderick Beddow. ACDLA names one outstanding attorney each year to receive this prestigious award.

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