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Electronic Case File Phase 4 FAQ

Seattle Municipal Court is planning two information sessions for defense attorneys about ECF4.

The Electronic Case File (ECF) project is in phase 4 of a four-phase transition to create an electronic courtroom.  Phase 1 and 2 created electronic files for infractions. Phase 3 converted paper files in formal court to electronic as well as creating new courtroom process related to ECF.  Phase 4 will create electronic output of defendant-based forms for criminal cases.

There will be two sessions, held in Courtroom 1103, on:

Friday, August 12 at 1:00 and
Wednesday, August 24 at 12:15

Each of the sessions will be the same.

Mental Health and the Justice System

September 30, 2016 free CLE sponsored by NAMI Washington.

This course will explain mental illnesses, how the state’s legal system responds to people with mental illnesses and allow you to hear directly from mental health consumers, as well as discuss barriers to treatment the impact of legal financial obligations, and ethical challenges in representing people with mental illnesses.

Friday, September 30, 2016 8:30 am – 12: 30 pm
Red Lion Hotel
221 N Lincoln Street

Port Angeles, WA 98362

To register email your name, phone number, and Bar Number (if CLE) to by September 26, 2016.

For further information contact Sandi Ando at or 509-385-3026.

WSBA CLE Approved 3.5 credits (including 1.25 Ethics Credits). Washington State Office of Public Defense Approved 3.5 Credits.

Law & Liberty CLE on Jury Diversity

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 event sponsored by the ACLU.

This ACLU-sponsored event will explore the reasons for the lack of diversity on Washington state juries, describe its impact on our criminal justice system, and introduce a proposed solution to the problem.  It will also cover the current law governing the use of preemptory challenges and discuss how that law intersects with a recent Washington Supreme Court decision on the matter.

Presenters: La Rond Baker, ACLU Staff Attorney, and Sal Mungia, Partner at Gordon Thomas Honeywell.

This event is open to all attorneys. Feel free to pass along and invite a colleague!

Law & Liberty CLE: Jury Diversity
Wednesday, October 19, noon-1pm
901 5th Ave, 5th Floor Conference Room, Seattle

Lunch is provided and 1 General CLE credit is available. Please also note the $5 registration fee. Register here to reserve your seat.

Representing Political Activists

The Seattle Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild will host a free CLE--Learn how to represent political activists who get arrested.

Jan 11 at 6:30 p.m.
UW Law School, Room 115ABC  

Come and learn the nuts and bolts of representation in political trials. Contact Neil Fox at for more info.

The Defender Initiative 7th Annual Conference on Public Defense

Fifty Years Since Gault, Fifty-Four Years Since Gideon - Progress and Challenges on Right to Counsel


The promises of the Gault and Gideon decisions remain only partially fulfilled. Six weeks into a new federal administration, we will review how we can more fully implement the right to counsel, focusing on issues affecting juveniles and young adults. We will discuss how to use in daily defender practice some of the major developments in understanding how young people think; how to address issues of race in representing defender clients; and new ideas in diversion as well as the Council on Public Defense Proposed Juvenile Performance Guidelines.

Visit the website for more details.

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24th Annual Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI/DWI Cases

Taking place March 23-24, 2017 in New Orleans.

Headlining the agenda is Dr. A.W. Jones -- the world's preeminent alcohol researcher .  He is seldom available in the US and this is a great opportunity to both hear him lecture and have lots of time to visit with him personally.  Wayne is very approachable and personable.

This year's agenda is two very full days -- with both a trial track and a lecture track option on day two -- you can pick and choose which parts you wish to attend.

In addition to the best CLE in the country, MSE also features the best seminar party (what would New Orleans be without a great party).  We are on Bourbon Street with the Bourbon Street Balcony.  Last year we went through 10,000 strands of beads and enough sponsored (free) alcohol to keep everyone happy.  Full breakfasts both days. Thursday evening features a free Cajun seafood buffet reception -- lots of shrimp, crab claws, gumbo, etouffee, prime rib and other scrumptious foods.

Sign up now for the early bird rate.  The hotel room block at the Royal Sonesta always sells out so get your reservations now. View the brochure here.

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