Event Calendar

Friday, August 9, 2024

Legislative Updates: Major Changes from the 2024 Session

Start Date: 8/9/2024 12:00 PM PDT
End Date: 8/9/2024 1:00 PM PDT

Venue Name: Zoom

Organization Name: WACDL

Email: info@wacdl.org
Phone: (206) 623-1302

WACDL Legislative Committee Co-Chairs Ramona Brandes and Jason Lantz will discuss significant changes in law coming from the 2024 legislative session.  These changes include statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse, charging of juvenile offenses for those who turn eighteen prior to charging, modifying terms of communtiy custody, expanded felony DUI lookback, an opportuity for a second misdemeanor DUI deferred prosecution, and much more.  Stay up to date on new law changes which will have a significant impact on your practice. 

Ramona Brandes has been a public defender for 27 years in King and Kitsap counties, and currently is the Misdemeanor Resource Attorney for the Washington Defender Association assisting attorneys with their cases statewide. She was appointed earlier this year by Governor Inslee to serve on the Washington State Sentencing Guidelines Commission and has been the co-chair for the WDA/WACDL Legislative Committee since 2012. She was was recognized by WDA in 2011, and by WACDL in 2005 and 2014 for her policy work and efforts to improve public defense statewide. In 2019 she received the WACDL President’s Award for her commitment to criminal defense, and her ongoing legislative work-- including her seventeen-year effort to eliminate Robbery 2 from the three strikes list. In 2021, in a case of first impression, Ramona’s argument for contempt sanctions payable to her client for DSHS’s failure to transport for competency treatment was upheld on appeal in State v. Luvert, which provided a new avenue for defenders to pressure the state to provide the mental health treatment our clients need.
Jason Lantz is a private criminal defense attorney with the Law Offices of Geoffrey Burg, LLC.  Jason is the co-chair of the WACDL/WDA legislative committee and has been the lead on impaired driving legislative issues for about ten years.  He has drafted legislation that was adopted by the legislature including the IID medical exemption (needs some more work), allowing DOL suspensions credit with no additional fee, and the "good" parts of HB 1493.  In addition, he has played a role in blocking legislation such as a bill that would have required defense attorneys to pay hundreds of dollars for body camera video in public records requests.   Jason has received the WACDL Champions of Justice and Certificate of Appreciation.  Jason is a graduate of the Seattle University School of Law and has a BS in Life Science from Kansas State University.