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.

WACDL Members

  • If you forgot your password or username, click on appropriate button in the box to the right.  You'll get an email message with instructions for logging into the new site. If you don't receive an email message, we may not have your current email address; contact the WACDL office to correct that.
  • If your WACDL membership is not current, you will need to renew your membership to have access to the members-only portion of the website.

News & Information

Auditors: Washington jails could release 4,700 inmates, save millions through pretrial services

Spokesman-Review: Auditors found roughly one-third of the state’s jail inmates are candidates for pretrial services such as electronic monitoring, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and texts and phone calls that remind people of court dates.

Read More…

Dozens of Cities Have Secretly Experimented With Predictive Policing Software

Motherboard: Documents obtained by Motherboard using public information requests verify previously unconfirmed police department contracts with predictive policing company PredPol.

Read More…

The criminal justice system also has an ‘alternative facts’ problem

Washington Post: It has been nearly 10 years since the National Academy of Sciences sounded the alarm about the shortcomings of forensics. Since then, there have been countless follow-up studies, state and national commissions, reports, panels and — to underscore the conclusions those entities reached — a consistent wave of crime lab scandals all over the country.

Read More…

After setbacks, Spokane County abandons custom criminal justice algorithm in favor of simpler tool

Spokesman-Review: Spokane County is adopting a new computer algorithm designed to help judges decide which defendants should remain in jail, abandoning a more costly, custom-developed program that was hampered by technical and logistical problems.

Read More…

New Hope Act

Promote fairness, opportunity, and safety by supporting HB 1041.

Read More…

Log in


Forgot your password?
Forgot your User Name?
Upcoming Events
Busting the Drug Bust: Defending Drug Cases Mar 29, 2019 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM — Washington State Convention Center, 7th Avenue and Pike Street, Seattle
Annual Conference Jun 06, 2019 - Jun 08, 2019 — Campbell's Resort, Chelan, WA
WACDL Tweets

Auditors: Washington jails could release 4,700 inmates, save millions through pretrial services https://t.co/gohpiJ7vQa

Lawmakers Are One Step Closer to Helping You Clear Your Felony https://t.co/MXhC3x9lho

#tacoma has an $120,000 contract with Predpol, predictive policing software. Unproven to reduce crime, relies on "s… https://t.co/GHzGajW1pO

Head trauma, painful restraints: WA foster kids face abuse out of state https://t.co/IJwLUMF2py

NACDL Affiliate