The Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is an association made up of attorneys practicing criminal defense law in Washington State, along with related professionals.  WACDL is a not-for-profit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.

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.

The association was formed in 1987.  It is governed by an elected board of governors, and employs an executive director and other staff.

It is WACDL’s policy to not advocate, support or practice unlawful discrimination based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, medical condition , disability, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political ideology, marital status, language, or any other factor that the law protects from discrimination.