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COVID 19: Resources and Tips for Your Criminal Defense Practice (recorded webinar)

Free of charge and available to WACDL members only. Online CLE program recorded April 24, 2020.

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  • Unemployment Benefits, Sick/Emergency Leave, and SBA loan updates. Jeff Liang
  • Conducting interviews via Zoom. Emily Beschen
  • Ethical considerations for defense attorneys and clients concerning health and well-being. John Strait.

CLE Credit

This program has been approved for 1.5 Washington MCLE credits (.5 law & legal, .5 other, and .5 ethics) The activity ID number is 1139269.


Emily Beschen

Emily C. Beschen has been an attorney with the firm for the past seven years. She joined the team in 2011 after gaining experience 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).

Emily is licensed to practice law in both Washington State and the United States Federal Court – Western District of Washington. Currently, she is practicing primarily in Bellingham Municipal Court, Whatcom County District Court, US Federal Court – Western District of Washington (in Bellingham), Blaine Municipal Court, and Whatcom County Superior Court.

Jeff LiangJeff Liang is a sole practitioner in Seattle's Chinatown-International District.  His practice focuses on helping small businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals with transactional, corporate, tax planning, and estate planning issues.  He is also an adjunct law professor at Seattle University School of Law where he teaches courses on Tax Exempt Organizations and Taxation of LLCs and Partnerships.  He received an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University in 2008.  He currently serves on the board of directors of Asian Counseling and Referral Services and has served on the board of the Asian Bar Association of Washington, including a year as President.

JoJohn Straithn Strait, Emeritus Professor of Law and Professional Ethics Counsel, Seattle University School of Law, and currently Distinguished Practitioner in Residence. Professor Strait is 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 appeared as an expert witness in ten states and fifteen counties in the State of Washington. He was an expert witness in In Re ANJ, 168 Wn.2nd 91 (2010); State v. Brett, 142 Wn.2d 868 (2001); Vargas v. Earl, CV06-146 (E.D. Wash); and Wilbur v. City of Mt. Vernon and City of Burlington, see 11-01100RSL (W.D. Wash.) 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 has served on the Rules of Professional Conduct Committee for the State of Washington until it was sunsetted. He served as a member and Chair of the Seattle Port Authority Ethics Advisory Commission from its inception until 2009. He currently serves on the WSBA Criminal Law Section Executive Committee and is the WDA representative on the King County Public Defender Advisory Board.



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