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Headline News: Current Issues in Criminal Defense

New case law; social media evidence, risk assessments, ethics, new options for sentencing, and more at WACDL's December 8 CLE program.
When Dec 08, 2017
from 08:30 AM to 05:00 PM
Where Washington State Convention Center (7th & Pike in Seattle)
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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Kimberly Ambrose is a senior lecturer at the UW Law School and directs the Tools for Social Change: Race and Justice Clinic, a clinic she founded in 2011 focusing on racial disparities in the juvenile justice system. She joined the clinic faculty part time in 2001 and full time in 2005, as supervising attorney for the Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic. Professor Ambrose also created and taught the Legislative Advocacy Clinic.  Before joining the faculty, she was a public defender representing indigent adults and juveniles in both child welfare and criminal proceedings and worked as a resource attorney for the Washington Defender Association, providing training, technical assistance, and resources to public defense attorneys around Washington state. After she graduated from law school, Professor Ambrose clerked for U.S. District Judge David Ezra in the District of Hawaii.  In 2009, Professor Ambrose was a Resident Fellow for the Open Society Justice Institute in Beijing, China, working on developing criminal defense clinics in several universities across China. In addition to her clinical course, Professor Ambrose also teaches Professional Responsibility, Race and the Law and Juvenile Justice. She serves as the vice chair of the King County Public Defense Advisory Board and as a member of the WSBA Council on Public Defense and the National Clean Slate Clearinghouse Advisory Board.

Stacey Brownstein is an investigator with the Federal Public Defender. Prior to joining the FPD in 2012, she worked as an investigator for The Defender Association of King County and as a private investigator, working with King County panel attorneys. She holds a certificate in private investigations from the University of Washington and a Master's degree in criminology from Middlesex University.

Catherine Chaney is a partner at the criminal defense firm, Camiel & Chaney, P.S.  she has won acquittals of serious crimes, including first-degree murder.  Catherine won clemency from the governor and release from prison for a client who had been sentenced to  life without parole. She graduated from George Washington University Law School in 1991 and that year received the John F. Evans Award for Outstanding Achievement from D.C. Law Students in Court.  She started practicing law at The Defender Association in King County and is a long-term member of the CJA Panel for the Western District of Washington.

Colin Fieman is Senior Litigator for the Federal Public Defender’s Office, Western District of Washington, and he has been defending clients charged with cyber offenses since joining the office in 2002.  Colin graduated from Columbia Law School in 1990 and then served with the New York County District Attorney’s Office in its Appeals Bureau and Special Prosecution Unit.  He has also worked with the New York City Commission to Combat Police Corruption; at the University of Georgia Law School Legal Aid Clinic; and as Public Defender in the Federated States of Micronesia. His most recent article, Inside “Operation Pacifier” and the FBI’s Global Computer Hacking, will appear in the December, 2017 issue of “The Champion.”

Louis Frantz was the Felony Practice Director for the King County Department of Public Defense before his recent retirement.  Prior to working in the Director’s Office at DPD, he worked at Associated Counsel for the Accused, now a division in the King County Department of Public Defense.  He began at ACA in 1985 and was selected as a Senior Attorney in 1997.  He was made the felony supervisor in Kent in 2008; a position he held until moving to the Director’s Office in late 2015.  He practiced exclusively in Superior Court from 1996 until 2015 but he has also worked in the misdemeanor and juvenile units at ACA.  He is a former member of the WACDL Board of Governors and served as president of WACDL.

Paul Holland joined the faculty at Seattle University School of Law in 2004. He teaches in the Youth Advocacy Clinic, where students represent clients involved in the juvenile justice system. He and his students have also represented a number of clients in the clemency process. He served as Director of the school’s Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic from 2006 through 2009 and then as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2009-2014. In July of 2017, he became Vice Dean. Before joining the Seattle University faculty, he taught at Georgetown University Law Center, Loyola University (Chicago) School of Law, and University of Michigan Law School.  He is one of the inaugural members of the King County Public Defense Advisory Board and became Chair in July 2017. From 2005-2009, he served on the Washington Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, serving as Chair during his final year on the Board.

Kate Kelly joined the Washington Attorney General’s Office in December 2015 as the Policy Director. In that role, Kate leads a team of policy analysts who work with attorneys and staff throughout the office to develop and execute the Attorney General’s policy initiatives including producing research reports, white papers, proposed legislation and outreach materials. She manages the Office’s involvement in multi-state policy issues, coordinates relations with congressional offices and federal agencies, and convenes stakeholder groups to advance the policy priorities of the office.   Kate came to the Attorney General’s Office after five years at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Seattle office where she was a Director responsible for oversight and implementation of environmental programs in Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Washington. Before joining EPA in 2010, Kate was elected to three terms in the Idaho Senate, representing a district in Boise. After serving in several leadership positions, for the last two years of her legislative service Kate was Senate Minority Leader, making her the ranking Senate Democrat.  Earlier in her career Kate spent six years as a Deputy Attorney General with the Idaho Attorney General’s Office Natural Resource Division and five years as a senior manager with the Idaho DEQ.  Kate holds a B.A. in European Studies (minors in French and Art History) from George Mason University, a M.S. from the University of Idaho College of Mines, and a J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law.

Mark Kucza is Advance Corrections Development and Implementation Manager, in the Office of the Secretary, Headquarters, Washington State Department of Corrections.

Jeff Landon is a Senior Administrator of Programs at Washington State Department of Corrections.

Shankar Narayan is Technology and Liberty Project Director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, one of the nation's strongest ACLU affiliates. Shankar works to protect constitutional rights in a legal and policy landscape that is fundamentally shifting because of game-changing advancements in technology.

Casey Stamm is in private practice in Seattle and handles criminal cases at all stages in federal and state courts. She has been recognized by the Washington Supreme Court's Capital Counsel Panel as qualified to handle death penalty cases. She is a graduate of the UW School of Law, and her prior experience includes stints at Allen, Hansen & Maybrown, The Defender Association, and the Federal Public Defender.

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