The Association is formed for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes, including, but not limited to:
* Ensuring that lawyers who practice criminal law have an opportunity to voice their common concerns regarding vital issues that affect the individual and constitutional rights of all citizens accused of any state, local, or federal offense.
* Ensuring that lawyers practicing criminal law have an opportunity to voice their concerns about substantive and procedural issues that affect the area of criminal law. Promoting by lecture, seminars, and publications the advancement of the knowledge of law as it relates to the criminal defense practice.
* Improving the image of those lawyers who champion the rights of individuals by educating the public regarding the services provided by criminal defense lawyers. Promoting the constant improvement of the criminal justice system by striving for the highest standards of integrity, expertise and independence in the area of criminal defense law.