The Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers was formed twenty-five years ago to improve the quality and administration of justice. WACDL has nearly 1100 members – private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, and related professionals committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal justice system.
Why Join WACDL?
WACDL President Kim Gordon discusses what her WACDL membership means to her in the video below:
Interested in learning more? Read more about joining WACDL here.
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Watch the recording of this April 30 event, sponsored by WACDL, the Washington State Supreme Court, and the University of Washington School of Law.
WACDL past presidents Anna Tolin and Kevin Curtis lead efforts to free innocent man from prison.
ProPublica's list of, and links to, the best articles on wrongful convictions.
Gideon v. Wainwright, which held that "The right of an indigent defendant in a criminal trial to have the assistance of counsel is a fundamental right essential to a fair trial," was decided 50 years ago, on March 18, 1963.
Status of bills of concern to the defense bar.
The Washington State Supreme Court is accepting letters of interest and resumes from members of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers interested in serving on the Capital Qualifications Committee.