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2018 Annual Conference: Trial Toolbox

June 7 - 9, 2018 in Chelan
When Jun 07, 2018 01:00 PM to
Jun 09, 2018 08:00 PM
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Contact Phone 206-623-1302
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Online Registration

Choose your option and register online:

  1. Full conference registration
  2. One-day options (Thursday, Friday or Saturday)
  3. Event tickets only (e.g., Friday awards dinner, Saturday party/dinner)

We encourage you to register by May 25 to avoid the late fee.  And don't forget to make lodging reservations with Campbell's!

Registration forms to download

If you prefer to complete a paper form to fax or mail in, choose a PDF file from below:

  1. Full conference registration (PDF)
  2. One-day options (Thursday, Friday or Saturday) (PDF)
  3. Event tickets only (PDF)

Conference CLE Program

Friday June 8 & Saturday June 7; 9 am - 1 pm each day

  • Tina Hunt: Telling the Story Through Cross Examination. Trial Toolbox
  • David Marshall: Direct Exam.
  • Neil Fox: Changing the Narrative: Challenging the ‘Official’ Story.
  • Tina Hunt: How to Make a Judge Cry: Passion & Persuasion in Sentencing.
  • Sunni Ko: Jury Selection.
  • Kim Gordon: Closing Arguments — We Have Come to the “Mountaintop” and We Will Reap Our Rewards.
  • The Hon. Sheryl Gordon  McCloud: Preserving Issues for Appeal While Focusing on the Main Event.
  • Krista K. van Amerongen: Cross for Purposes of Impeachment.

Conference credit

Approved for 7.5 hours of Washington MCLE law & legal credit.

Thursday Preconference: Ethics

Thursday June 7; 1:30 - 4:45

  • Kevin Griffin: Ethics: Obligations to your Client.
  • Alexandria "Ali" Hohman: Ethics & Technology: Social Media, Email & More.
  • John Strait: Tales From The List Serve: Pressing Ethical Issues Including (but not limited to) Confidentiality, Handling Witnesses and Disclosures.

Preconference credit

Approved for 3.0 hours of Washington MCLE ethics credit.

Social (and Other) Events

Thursday June 7

  • Evening reception (no host bar) at 8 pm

Friday June 8

  • Annual membership meeting at 1:15 pm
  • Board of Governors meeting at 1:45 pm
  • Awards dinner at 5:30 pm
  • Bowling at 8:30 pm

Saturday June 9

  • Afternoon winery tour with lunch (optional event) 1:15 - 5:30 pm
  • Evening retirement party for Executive Director Teresa Mathis: We'll have lots of opportunities to visit, a casual meal, and a short program. (optional event: add to your conference registration, or select "event tickets only" to register just for this) 6:00 pm

Location and Lodging

We will be returning to Campbell's Resort in Chelan.  For the best selection of room options, make your lodging reservations now by calling Campbell’s Resort at 1-800-553-8225; let them know you are attending the WACDL conference.

Speaker Bios

Christina L. Hunt is the executive director of the Federal Defenders for the Middle District of Georgia, Inc.  Before joining that office, she was senior litigator with the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho where she had worked for 14 years after a long stint in private practice in Macon, Georgia.  A graduate of Furman University and Mercer University Law School, since 1985 she has devoted her career to representing people accused of crimes.  Before moving to Washington, Tina taught Trial Practice and Georgia Criminal Practice and Procedure at Mercer Law School and was the Associate Dean of the National Criminal Defense College.  She is a member of the National Criminal Defense College faculty, and has taught at the Western Trial Advocacy Institute, the Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy, the Georgia Institute of Trial Advocacy, the Federal Trial Skills Academy, the Colorado Alternate Defense Counsel Trial Skills program and the New York State Defender's Association.  She also taught trial advocacy at Gonzaga Law School in Spokane, WA and has spoken at numerous seminars around the country on trial skills and storytelling.  Beyond learning from other lawyers, which is the real reason she agrees to speak at seminars, her true passion are her Scottie, Webster, and her shih tzu Maltese mix, Maddie. She is convinced they were clients in a former life. She and her husband also own a cat named Maddie, who they believe was a public defender in a former life based on her ability to deal with two rambunctious dogs. Those who have met them agree.”

The Hon. Sheryl Gordon McCloud was elected to the Washington Supreme Court in 2012 after nearly 30 years as an accomplished appellate lawyer. As the recipient of highest award, the William O. Douglas Award, she was recognized for "extraordinary courage" in being willing to take on some of the toughest cases. Justice McCloud was an invited member of the American Association of Appellate Lawyers and a founding member of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association, both of which limit membership to the most accomplished appellate lawyers. Justice McCloud also taught classes at Seattle University School of Law on a variety of topics including appellate advocacy and death penalty litigation. In addition, she has published articles and spoken to law and community groups on topics ranging from ethics to representation of indigent clients. Now, as a Supreme Court Justice, she serves as Chair of the Washington State Gender & Justice Commission. She continues to speak regularly at legal and community events throughout the state. She is also a member of the Washington State Bar Association’s Council on Public Defense. She was the recipient of Washington Women Lawyers President’s Award in 2015.

Neil Fox is in private practice in Seattle, focusing on criminal defense and human rights cases. Prior to entering private practice, he was a staff attorney at Washington Appellate Defender Association (1985-1989), and a staff attorney and supervisor at the Seattle-King County Public Defender Association (1989-2002). He received a President’s Award from WACDL in 2002 and WACDL’s William O. Douglas Award in 2016, and was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Mothers for Police Accountability in 2003. He is a 1985 graduate of the University of Illinois School of Law.

Kim Gordon has more than 20 years of experience clients facing misdemeanor and felony crimes at the local, state and federal level. She graduated from Tulane University School of Law and National Criminal Defense College, and is a partner at Gordon & Saunders, PLLC. She has handled appeals at the Washington Appellate Project, and trials at The Defender Association and at Schroeter, Goldmark and Bender.  She served as WACDL president 2012-2013 and was the recipient of a 2011 WACDL President’s Award.  Kim is also serving her second term on the Washington State Sentencing Guidelines Commission.

Kevin Griffin Kevin Griffin is a new addition to the Thurston County Public Defenders Office, as of this past November.  He spent the past twelve years as a public defender, primarily with Counsel for Defense, Spokane County’s felony conflict office. He is a decent litigator. He is pretty lousy at negotiating, and as a result, has tried more than 100 cases, ranging in seriousness from Forgery to Aggravated First Degree Murder. He is known for providing compassionate representation. He is always seeking new and interesting ways to effectively communicate with clients, prosecutors, courts, and juries.

Alexandria “Ali” Hohman is the managing attorney at the Hohman Law Firm. She works representing children in dependency proceedings and as a criminal defense attorney in Skagit County. She began her legal career as a judicial law clerk in Skagit County Superior Court. She then worked as a public defender in Okanogan County. As part of her criminal defense experience, she has represented individuals accused of sexual misconduct throughout Washington State while at the Meryhew Law Group, specializing in motions for relief from the duty to register as a sex offender and motions related to collateral consequences. Ali is a 2011 graduate of Seattle University School of Law and a 2006 graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Sunni Ko is one of the most experienced criminal defense attorneys in Washington State.  As a former federal prosecuting attorney, a deputy prosecuting attorney, a public defender, and now in private practice, she has handled thousands of felonies and has tried hundreds of cases, including aggravated homicides, robberies, sexual assaults, and other violent offenses.  As a former faculty member at the National District Attorney’s Association, Ms. Ko has taught the art of voir dire and trial advocacy for many years.

David Marshall’s practice focuses on defending persons accused of sex crimes, child abuse, and domestic violence in nearly every kind of proceeding—criminal trials and post-conviction work, civil suits for compensation, Title IX discipline proceedings on campus, CPS investigations and administrative proceedings, and dependency cases. For the past 20 years, most of his trial work has been in felony sexual assault cases. David has taught trial advocacy at the Seattle University School of Law and in programs for practicing attorneys—most recently for the Law Society of Botswana. For eight years he defended three prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. He is a graduate of Cornell University, Berkeley Law, and Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College.

John A. Strait is emeritus professor of law and professional ethics counsel at the Seattle University School of Law and a graduate of Yale Law School. He maintains a private practice as a consulting expert in legal malpractice and professional responsibility. Professor Strait has taught, researched, and written in the field of professional responsibility and legal malpractice since 1976. He has taught, researched, and written in the fields of criminal procedure, criminal law, white collar crime, and Sixth Amendment Effective Assistance of Counsel. He has appeared as an expert witness in ten states and fifteen counties in the State of Washington. He has been a court-appointed expert in the federal courts of Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and Hawaii. He served as Special District Counsel to the Washington State Bar Association Office of Legal Discipline and ran a clinical course in lawyer discipline screening complaints against lawyers for probable cause for the Washington State Bar Association from 1991-2005. Professor Strait also served on the Rules of Professional Conduct Committee for the State of Washington for much of the last 25 years until 2012. He served as a member and chair of the Seattle Port Authority Ethics Advisory Commission from its inception until 2009. Sixth Amendment cases in which he appeared as an expert witness include In re Brett, 142 Wn.2d 868 (2001); State v. ANJ, 168 Wn.2d 91, 225 P.3d 956 (Wash.2010); and the Wilbur case.  He is co-chair of WACDL’s Ethics Hotline and the 2017 recipient of our William O. Douglas Award.

Krista K. van Amerongen is a criminal defense attorney with Department of Assigned Counsel in Yakima County.  She began defending juveniles in offender and Becca cases before moving to adult misdemeanors and the land of jury trials.  Practicing in the adult felony unit for the last seven years, she has learned the truth of the cliché: “Learning is a gift, even if pain is your teacher.”  Thankfully the pain is of the pride-busting variety and the gift is resilience.

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