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MTACDL Welcome Welcome to the Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Website (MTACDL).  We are an affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), a nationwide organization of 10,000 dedicated criminal defense attorneys.  The Montana Association was formed in 1997 to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crimes; to foster the integrity, independence and expertise of those who represent persons accused of crimes; and to promote the proper and fair administration of justice.  We do this by providing educational programs at our annual seminar held each March at the Chico Hot Springs resort; through the exchange of

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MTACDL Mission 2 In 1997 a group of Montana attorneys got together to form the Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MTACDL). We are an affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), a nationwide organization of 10,000 dedicated criminal defense attorneys. According to our founding documents, MTACDL was formed to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crimes, to foster the integrity, independence, and expertise of the criminal defense profession, and to promote the proper and fair administration of criminal justice. Our specific goals include:

  • promoting study and research in the fields of criminal defense law and procedure,
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MTACDL Join Us If you are a criminal defense lawyer in good standing, their associated employees, or an approved affiliate, please join us!

We need legal professionals like you to help MTACDL defend the Constitution and protect the Bill of Rights, ensuring our clients have the best possible representation in a fair judicial environment.

And you need us. For nominal dues, we provide indispensable mutual support in a nonprofit organization of sincere and committed professionals just like you. Here are some of the benefits of membership:

  1. Support: Immediate and direct access to the best criminal defense expertise in Montana.
  2. Professional CLE: Substantial discounts
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2008 MTACDL Lawyer of the Year - Michael Donahoe

 

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Michael Donahoe (right, as usual) Named Montana Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year

Bozeman, MT – March 13 – The federal defender who is perhaps best known for having represented Ted Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber, has been named Montana’s criminal defense lawyer of the year. The Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MTACDL) presented the award to Michael Donahoe last week during the group’s annual conference in Chico.

Mr. Donahoe is the Senior Litigator for the Federal Defenders of Montana. He is a past President of the Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Former chair of the Montana State Bar Criminal Defense Section. Mr. Donahoe is a popular speaker having made presentations to the Montana Trial Lawyers Association regarding his representation of Ted Kaczynski, and to the State Bar of Montana on the Bill of Rights.

When presenting the award, MTACDL President Al Avignone quoted from University of Montana Law Professor Jim Taylor’s nomination of Mr. Donahoe: "Michael has been a tireless defender as long as I have known him. He never backs down, and never gives up. He has helped build MTACDL, he has lobbied for MTACDL, he has mentored, he always lends a hand, and he has incredibly high standards for himself and others. It's possible that there is someone who has done something more for criminal defense in Montana than Michael, but if so I've never met him."

During the presentation of the award, Montana Federal Defender Tony Gallagher participated said of Mr. Donahoe, "His winning yet another appeal for William Gollehon, forestalling the state's efforts to carry out the death penalty (now for seventeen years) shows his excellence at the appellate level. But it is the entire body of his work throughout a stellar legal career that is deserving of this honor."

The Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers was established in 1997. It is an affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), a nationwide organization of 10,000 dedicated criminal defense attorneys. MTACDL was formed to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crimes, to foster the integrity, independence, and expertise of the criminal defense profession, and to promote the proper and fair administration of criminal justice.

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