Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

WACDL was formed to improve the quality and administration of justice.  WACDL has close to 1000 members – private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, and related professionals committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal justice system.

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News & Information

How “prisons without bars” could cut the cost of prison and keep people from coming back
Washington Post: You probably already know the jaw-dropping stats about American prisons: that the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. That we're home to 5 percent of the world's population, but 25 percent of its prisoners.
Bar Exam, the Standard to Become a Lawyer, Comes Under Fire
New York Times: For decades, law school graduates have endured a stressful rite of passage, spending the first 10 weeks after classes end taking cram courses in the arcane details of the law before sitting down for the grueling, days-long bar exam.
U.S. justices voice support for criminal justice reform
Reuters: Two members of the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday voiced support for efforts in Congress to reform the American criminal justice system, criticizing the reliance on mandatory minimum sentences in recent decades and the penal system in general.
Stingray snared him, now he helps write rules for surveillance device
The News Tribune: When state Rep. David Taylor proposed a bill that would change how police seek permission to use a controversial cellphone surveillance device, an Arizona resident took note.
Lead prosecutor apologizes for role in sending man to death row
Shreveport Times: Death penalty is 'abomination that continues to scar the fibers of this society'
Finding solutions to curb increase in youth domestic violence cases
Prosecutor briefs Council committee on program to curb violence against families.
Out of Trouble, but Criminal Records Keep Men Out of Work
New York Times: Mr. Mirsky is a convicted criminal, and work is hard to find.
Fight over juvenile justice reform comes to Pierce County
News Tribune: Armed with recent advantageous U.S. Supreme Court rulings, public defenders and youth advocates across the nation have begun demanding reform of tough-on-crime juvenile justice laws enacted two decades ago.
State Supreme Court weighs warrantless searches of records
KOMO News: Justices on Washington's Supreme Court had a lot of questions Tuesday about a little-known state law that allows investigators to get a suspect's bank, phone, email and other records without a search warrant.
Gov. Jay Inslee’s statement on today’s hearing regarding repeal of Washington’s death penalty law
“I fully support the bipartisan bills introduced this year to end the death penalty."
How to Force Prosecutors to Play Fair
New York Times: When prosecutors cheat and lie repeatedly to win convictions, should their office be held accountable?
Why I'm a WACDL Member - Neil Fox
"WACDL is really an amazing organization that all defense attorneys, including public defenders, should join."
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Upcoming Events
2015 Annual Conference Jun 11, 2015 - Jun 13, 2015 — Campbell's Resort on Lake Chelan