Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

WACDL was formed to improve the quality and administration of justice.  WACDL has over 900 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

Certificate of Appreciation Recipients

WACDL president Amy Muth has selected the following members to receive certificates of appreciation for their volunteer efforts. They will be presented with their certificates at WACDL’s annual conference in Chelan.

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State v. Blockman, 198 Wn. App. 34 (2017); WSSC #94273-1

The COA - Division I issued an unpublished opinion on this case on January 23, 2017 (197 Wn. App. 1047 (2017)). WACDL joined as Amicus on a motion to publish on February 3, 2017 which was granted on March 2, 2017. A petition for review was filed on March 17, 2017 and WACDL joined as amicus with Nancy Talner - ACLU and Magda Baker - WDA on May 5, 2017

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In Re Fero, No. 92975-1

WACDL filed an amicus in the WSSC after the state was granted discretionary review following a successful decision on behalf of petitioner in the COA-Division II.

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From Lynne Alfasso, WPI Committee Staff Attorney

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WACDL Member Casey Stamm to be Honored by IPNW

On Thursday May 4th Innocence Project Northwest will honor WACDL member Casey Stamm and Human Rights Advocate Alejandra Gonza at its Stand for Innocence Benefit & Awards Dinner.

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Awards Recipients

WACDL is pleased to announce its annual awards recipients for 2017.

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WACDL Board Nominations

WACDL's Nominating Committee has developed its slate of nominees for Board of Governor positions.

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New Publications Available from WACDL

WACDL's Publications and Resources Committee is releasing six new quick reference guides.

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WACDL Court Rules Committee prepares package of rule proposals

The WACDL Court Rules Committee is preparing a package of rule change proposals to submit in 2017 for the scheduled review of criminal law court rules.

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Upcoming Events
2017 Annual Conference Jun 08, 2017 - Jun 10, 2017 — Campbell's Resort on Lake Chelan
Federal Bar: Working with Experts and Trial Teams Jun 14, 2017 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM — 19th floor conference room at USDC 700 Stewart Street, Seattle
Fall CLE Oct 13, 2017 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
December CLE Dec 08, 2017 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
WACDL Holiday Party and Auction Dec 08, 2017 05:45 PM - 11:00 PM
WACDL Tweets

Seattle Times: End costly limbo and repeal the death penalty https://t.co/A7L19Tokve via @seattletimes

Null and Void: Should a juror be able to ignore the law? https://t.co/i9bb19qbp8

Three men were arrested in Philadelphia for murders they didn’t commit. It wasn’t a coincidence: https://t.co/SjeOzcjron via @slate

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