Clinical Professor Paul J. Cain began his term as President of the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (IACDL) on November 18, 2017, where he will serve a one-year term. The IACDL is comprised of approximately 500 criminal defense attorneys from all regions of Illinois. Members include attorneys who are public defenders, private criminal defense attorneys and federal public defenders. The mission of the IACDL is to preserve the adversary system of justice, to maintain and foster independent and able criminal defense lawyers and to ensure due process for persons accused of crimes. Professor Cain has been a member of the IACDL since 2004 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2012. In addition, Professor Cain has and continues to chair the IACDL Law Professor Committee and serves on the IACDL Bylaws Committee.