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The California Defamation Lawyers Association ("CDLA") is an organization of attorneys representing clients in actions arising from defamation (libel/slander).  The CDLA helps its lawyer members better represent their clients by facilitating education and the exchange of ideas, and through legislative advocacy.  We seek to uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession by encouraging mutual support. 

Our motto is "Freedom Through Truth," based on the premise that the "marketplace of ideas" envisioned by the First Amendment is best served when that marketplace is vibrant and free from falsity.  Our members pledge never to represent clients seeking to use litigation as a means to suppress valid free speech.





"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."  -- George Washington


Membership Information:  If you are an attorney practicing in the area of First Amendment and defamation law and wish to join or learn more about the CDLA, use the "membership" button above.