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Organize Don’t Agonize: How to Prepare a Criminal Case

March 9, 2018 CLE Program
When Mar 09, 2018
from 08:30 AM to 05:00 PM
Where Washington State Convention Center
Contact Name
Contact Phone 206-623-1302
Attendees Attendance at WACDL seminars is limited to WACDL members and those eligible for WACDL membership. Lawyers, law students, and non-lawyers are eligible for WACDL membership if they are not now engaged full or part-time in the prosecution or law enforcement investigation of criminal cases, and if they are not engaged in a full-time judicial function.
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Program & Faculty

Washington State Convention Center, 7th & Pike in Seattle


Edwin Aralica is a public defender at the King Department of Public Defense—ACA Division.  He is currently a Felony Unit Supervising Attorney at the Kent office.  He is qualified to represent clients in capital cases (SPRC 2).  He is currently on the WPIC (jury instruction) committee and on the Executive Committee of the Criminal Law Section for the WSBA. He was on the WACDL Board of Governors from 2008 through 2015.  He has a LLM (Masters of Law) in Trial Advocacy from California Western School of Law.  He earned his Juris Doctorate, Magna Cum Laude, from Gonzaga University School of Law.”

Emily C. Beschen went into private practice in 2011 after gaining experience as a law clerk at the Federal Public Defenders Office (2008-2010), Metropolitan Public Defenders (2009-2010), and as a consumer mediator at the Washington State Attorney General’s Office (2005-2006). She is a graduate of the Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. She’s currently a partner at Butler Beschen Law PLLC in Whatcom County.

Bob Goldsmith has been in solo law practice in Seattle since 1990. He has been admitted to practice in Washington, Wisconsin and Illinois. He was co-chair of the WACDL CLE Committee from 1991-2012. From 1982 through 1990, he was a staff attorney at the Seattle-King County Public Defender Association and later was the training coordinator there. Before that, he practiced in Chicago with an environmental public interest group, specializing in federal court litigation of environmental and civil rights cases. He is a 1978 he graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. Since 2000, he has been an adjunct professor at Seattle University Law School, teaching pretrial criminal motions.

Cassandra Lopez de Arriaga is in private practice in Everett.  After graduating Magna Cum Laude from University of Washington, Cassandra received her law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. She began her career at the Whatcom County Public Defender’s office and later worked at the Snohomish County Public Defender’s Office. Author of “Two Mids A Love Story” a book about her family’s struggles from Rodney King Riots to the United States Naval Academy

Brett A. Purtzer graduated law school from University of Puget Sound in 1987, where he was a Research and Technical Editor of the University of Puget Sound Law Review as well as a member of the Order of the Barristers.  He has been in private practice in Tacoma since 1988, emphasizing criminal defense, civil litigation, personal injury, and representing professionals in disciplinary matters.  He is a principal at the Hester Law Group, Inc., P.S.  He has served as a Lawyer Representative for the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Trustee for the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington, and is currently a co-chair of the Federal Bar Association Pro Bono Committee for the Western District of Washington.  He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbard and has been recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association since his inclusion in 2011.

Robert Quillian is a 1973 graduate of Yale University and a 1976 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.  After graduation, he headed west, and ended up in Olympia.  After two years as a lowly associate with a firm, he established his own practice, and has been a sole practitioner in Olympia for over 30 years.  His practice emphasizes felony trials, appeals, and post-conviction matters, and he has represented hundreds of clients before the Washington Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court.  He is a past president of WACDL.

Denise Scaffidi, owner/investigator at Scaffidi & Associates, specializes in the criminal defense of indigent and private clients in felony and district court cases, and in the investigation of employment and sexual discrimination and personal injury and civil rights cases. She was the lead defense investigator on the Green River case, overseeing the work of seven other investigators, and the lead defense investigator on the Christopher Monfort case. Before establishing her own agency in 1996, she worked as a civil rights specialist for the Office of Civil Rights Enforcement, King County, and also as felony investigator with the Northwest Defenders Association, Seattle, where she investigated approximately 700 felony cases including aggravated murder, homicides, sexual assault, child abuse, burglary, robbery, and assault. She is a graduate of  San Francisco City College, and has taught private investigation for the UW Professional and Continuing Education Program, Bellevue Community College, and other organizations.

Jason Schwarz carries an adult felony caseload at the Snohomish County Public Defender Association. He has been actively litigating competency-related issues for the last five years. He carried a caseload of competency and mental health cases exclusively. Jason filed the initial briefings in Trueblood v. DSHS. He has worked with DSHS to refine their Competency Restoration Training Materials and handouts. He has been asked to tour the DSHS restoration facilities and provide feedback to the department about the safety of the facility for patients. Jason was the architect of Snohomish County’s first mental health court.

OPD Approved Training

WACDL CLE programs are “approved trainings” for purposes of meeting the Washington State OPD requirement for attending at least 7 hours of training annually.


This program will be held at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle.  Driving and parking directions are here:

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