To be admitted in the Association, the applicant must be an employee of a defender organization, a private investigator or other criminal defense oriented professional employed or assigned by a public defender or court appointed counsel, on a full-time or part-time basis, whose primary function is the defense of individuals needing the assistance of appointed counsel in a criminal case, and must certify to the Executive Director of the Association, and it must appear, that all standards of the Association have been adopted as standards of the individual applicant, and have been substantially adhered to by said applicant.

There shall not be any limit to the number of any Type of Membership, nor to the total number of members of the Association.

For any questions regarding Membership, or NDIA in general, please email or call (920) 395-2330.

NDIA Membership Term is based on the date payment is received and expires at the end of that month within the final year of chosen term. NDIA Membership dues are non-refundable.


Membership Types

Regular Member: Persons actively engaged in the investigation for the defense of indigent persons as a full-time investigator in an office whose primary purpose is criminal defense work.

Associate Member: Persons actively engaged in criminal defense work to include on a part-time basis.

Retired Member: Retired Regular/Associate and NDIA Member for minimum 5 Years.

Student Member: Age 18 or over, attending college, majoring in Criminal Justice or equivalent program (e.g. Sociology, Paralegal Studies). Student Members are not eligible to vote within NDIA.