Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

The mission of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is to foster the integrity, independence and expertise of criminal defense lawyers; to support the criminal defense community through education and the exchange of information; to promote the fair and just administration of criminal justice; and to ensure due process and defend the rights secured by law for all persons accused of crime.

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News & Information

Schwartz Scholarship

Apply by March 15 for WACDL's Scholarship for NCDC, the National Criminal Defense College.

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WACDL Member Wins Exoneration for Client

Court: Withheld evidence means servicemen deserve new trial

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Thank You Holiday Party Sponsors

Thank you to the generous businesses and WACDL members who have made sponsor contributions for our December 8 holiday party!

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State v. Tanya James-Buhl, WSSC #94409-1

On October 31, 2017 WACDL filed an amicus brief in support of Ms. James-Buhl asking the WSSC to overturn a COA decision which reinstated charges dismissed by the trial court. The COA held that as a teacher Ms. James-Buhl was required to report under the mandatory reporting statute RCW 26.44.030(1) her daughters disclosure that the stepfather had touched them inappropriately finding that no course of employment could be imputed to the reporting requirement.

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State v. Oscar Lopez WSSC #944181

On October 4, 2017 WACDL filed an amicus brief in support of Mr. Lopez asking the WSSC to overturn a COA decision which reversed the trial court decision to grant Mr. Lopez a new trial based on the determination that defense counsel's severe depression affected his performance before and during trial.

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In Memoriam: Charlie Williams

Former WACDL President Charlie Williams has died. The funeral will be held on November 4 and a reception honoring his life on November 5.

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Upcoming Events
Federal Bar: Avoiding and Challenging Mandatory Minimums in a Post-Sessions World Feb 14, 2018 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM — 19th floor conference room at USDC 700 Stewart Street, Seattle
Organize Don’t Agonize: How to Prepare a Criminal Case Mar 09, 2018 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM — Washington State Convention Center
2018 Annual Conference Jun 07, 2018 - Jun 09, 2018
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