Contact Us

Office Hours: 
Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM PST

Phone: (206) 280-9487
Member Services Email: memberservices@wacdl.org
Email for General Questions: info@wacdl.org

Mailing Address:
450 Alaskan Way S, Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98104

What We Do

Criminal defense attorneys protect the rights of the criminally accused and preserve the highest ideals of our state and nation.

WACDL not only provides important resources, education, and support to criminal defense attorneys within Washington state, we also serve the public by lobbying for just laws which protect the rights and liberties of all Washingtonians.

Thanks to the support of our members and contributors, we are able to:

  • Provide robust, evidence-based continuing education opportunities for practicing criminal defense attorneys.

  • Connect attorneys to a network of experienced legal professionals ready to help each other achieve just results in every case.

  • Draft and lobby for laws that advance the cause of justice. For example, WACDL drafted the Fair Chance Act, which prohibits employers from asking about arrests or convictions before an applicant is determined otherwise qualified.

  • Write amicus briefs for landmark cases before the Washington State Supreme Court.


What You Can Do

We need public support to continue this vital work. If you care about the preservation of civil liberties and protection of the criminally accused in Washington State, become a contributor today.


If you live in Washington State and are in need of a criminal defense attorney, please visit our attorney directory or find out about your eligibility for a public defender here.

“The true measure of our commitment to justice, the character of our society, our commitment to the rule of law, fairness, and equality cannot be measured by how we treat the rich, the powerful, the privileged, and the respected among us.  The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned.”

  -Bryan Stevenson, Director of the Equal Justice Initiative