OCDLA Membership — Join Here

Strength in Numbers. Fairness in Justice.

Mission Statement

“Championing justice, promoting individual rights and supporting the legal defense community through education and advocacy.”


It can be lonely standing up to the power of the state, demanding justice and advocating for an individual's rights. It is not easy fighting to keep a kid in her home, arguing for alternative treatment programs or testifying in front of a legislative judiciary committee. Yet every day, hundreds of OCDLA members do that and more. And OCDLA is often the home base from which the defender finds resources to advance an argument, hone a legal theory and sustain a sense of purpose.

OCDLA is a community, but more akin to a family than an amorphous educational nonprofit. Our family offers the best training programs and seminars for criminal and juvenile defense lawyers in the state. We produce trial books and aids that are the envy of the nation. And, if you really want to test our pedigree, visit the Library of Defense, which is developing into the best "find it when you need it" web resource of all. This is a family that talks to each other too. We support list serves, committees of all sorts, amicus action, expert witness databases, legislative advocacy and even great social events and BBQ's. All this helps cement us as a community, allowing both individual and collective growth. By joining, you too can reap the benefits, grow professionally and contribute to Oregon's family of defenders.

Read the Association By-Laws.

Membership Year and Dues Rates, 2015–2016

Our membership year follows a fiscal calendar, July through June. Allow 24 hours for new and renewing memberships to be processed. Membership orders placed on a weekend will be processed the following Monday.

Newly Joining Members —
dues for brand new members are through June 2016 for the 2015–2016. Dues are prorated quarterly. Newly joining members should click the Join button below.

Renewing Members —
dues for renewing members are through June 2016 for the 2015–2016 year. Renewing members should click the Renew button below.

Membership Type




$5000 one-time



$550 annual

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Regular (bar 2010 or earlier)

$350 annual

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Regular (bar 2011-2014)

$245 annual

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New Bar Admittee (bar 2015)

$50 first-year


Professional Nonlawyer

$135 annual

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Law Student

$10 annual

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Law Library

$135 annual

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