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

Lisa Mulligan on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Lisa Mulligan on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer

"I think the system is incredibly unfair and unnecessarily punitive, and it’s very satisfying when I am able to make it slightly less awful for my clients."

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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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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On January 31, 2017 the COA, Division III issued an unpublished decision.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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Upcoming Events
Federal Bar: Using a Social Worker to Assist Your Client or Case May 10, 2017 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
2017 Annual Conference Jun 08, 2017 - Jun 10, 2017 — Campbell's Resort on Lake Chelan
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

How can we execute people if 1 in 25 on death row are innocent? | Austin Sarat https://t.co/mqzHY9BKDm

Three Reasons Why Virginia May Execute an Innocent Man https://t.co/Pvd5tDfBjz via @HuffPostBlog

A Woman’s Quest to Prove Her Brother’s Innocence Leads to a Discovery https://t.co/EQFP8Bev3e via @newyorker

Is America's love affair with capital punishment ending? | Austin Sarat https://t.co/3CPGfIIId5

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