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

March CLE: Cutting Edge Issues in Evidence and Discovery

Beyond the regular Internet lies Tor and the "dark web," where anonymity tools that allow users to avoid surveillance have been breached by secret "network investigative techniques." At WACDL's March CLE program, "Cutting Edge Issues in Evidence & Discovery," Colin Fieman will tell you about the FBI's global hacking operations and undercover websites at WACDL's March CLE.

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National Criminal Defense College Scholarship

Applications for WACDL’s Irwin Schwartz Scholarship to the National Criminal Defense College’s Trial Practice Institute are due on March 15.

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In Re Owens, 32694-2-III

On January 31, 2017 the COA, Division III issued an unpublished decision. WACDL is joining a motion to publish.

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New Sentencing Publications Available

Adult felony sentencing in Washington

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Bob Goldsmith on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Bob Goldsmith on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

"I wanted to do something to help people, especially the underdogs...and I wanted to stand up for people."

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Kallie Ferguson on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Kallie Ferguson on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

"Our country over-criminalizes and doesn’t seek out good alternatives to jail. I want to be a driving force against that system."

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Upcoming Events
Federal Bar: Advising Immigrant Clients in Era of Uncertainty Mar 08, 2017 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM — 19th floor conference room at USDC 700 Stewart Street, Seattle
Cutting Edge Issues in Evidence & Discovery (Seattle) Mar 17, 2017 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM — Washington State Convention Center (7th & Pike in Seattle)
Cutting Edge Issues in Evidence & Discovery (Pasco) Mar 24, 2017 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM — Holiday Inn Express, 4525 Convention Place, Pasco
Defending Drug Cases Apr 14, 2017 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM — Tacoma - Rhodes Center
2017 Annual Conference Jun 08, 2017 - Jun 10, 2017 — Campbell's Resort on Lake Chelan
WACDL Tweets

Sotomayor questions whether lethal injection is ‘our most cruel experiment yet’ https://t.co/qKML7QLAwP

Criminal defense lawyer heads up national forensic science group https://t.co/uT2fSqDNjR via @rtdnews

How far can the state go to punish someone for acting without criminal intent? https://t.co/uuaUNIdBi0 via @MarshallProj

Opinion | Man wrongly convicted with bite mark evidence confronts bite mark analysts https://t.co/hM4kwYzvrX

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