New Promotions!

FREE Membership!  First-year defense attorneys qualify for a FREE CDLA membership. Law students should download, complete, and return the membership application below. (Free membership is for the current membership term)

FREE Gift Card! Refer a new member and receive a $20 gift card.
(be sure to include the referring attorney's name on the membership application)

FREE DRI Seminar!  Receive a complimentary registration for one DRI seminar ($795 value) when you become a new DRI member. (Excludes Annual Meeting / must be used within 18 months of join date). 


You can join by clicking on "Membership Application" in the menu on the right and filling out an online application, or by downloading, completing, and mailing the membership application below.

This membership application affords the privileges of membership for applicants from the date of submission and acceptance through June 30th. New membership applications are subject to approval by the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Defense Lawyers Association. 

Membership Application: CDLA Membership Application

Membership Benefits

Continuing Legal Education

Continuing Legal Education seminars presented by the CDLA help members stay current on the law and represent their clients. CDLA members receive discounts on programs and materials.

Broadcast E-mail

Need an expert or research on a legal issue?  The CDLA Broadcast E-mail allows members to ask questions and get answers fast. Simply e-mail your inquiry to one address to reach hundreds of CDLA members!


The many committees and events of the CDLA offer great opportunities for members to network and get together!

The Defense

CDLA members have access to The Defense publication, providing articles, verdicts, case summaries, and opinions that keep you current on the law.

Pleadings and Expert Witness Deposition Bank

CDLA Members will have exclusive access to many expert deposition transcripts and pleadings uploaded by members.

CDLA Online

CDLA allows you to update your membership, purchase materials, register for seminars, and access convenient resource links, including DRI and The Defense.  The online directory of CDLA members lists members with e-mail and website links.

Amicus Briefs

The CDLA Amicus Committee and CDLA Members participate in filing amicus briefs at the Appellate and Supreme Court Level in important cases impacting our members and their clients.

Complimentary DRI Seminar

CDLA members who join DRI will receive a free registration to a DRI seminar ($795 value)
(Promotion is non-transferable and expires 18 months after join date; excludes the Annual Meeting)