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Online application to join WACDL if paying by credit card (or download an application to pay by check).

If you are practicing any amount of criminal defense, you owe it to yourself and your clients to be a part of WACDL.  WACDL's publications, educational programs, and committees provide the support you need to stay informed about, succeed in, and influence the practice of criminal law.


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Print and complete our PDF application form and return it to us with your payment.

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Being a part of WACDL (since being in law school) has helped me immeasurably in my defense practice. Having such a group of mentors, CLEs, and list serves are things I'm grateful for - and I use the material I've learned every day in my practice!
– Jonathan Dichter
Membership Categories


Patron members support WACDL with an additional contribution.  They receive free tuition for two WACDL CLE programs and a 50% discount on the annual conference registration fee.  In addition, we will send patron members a link to download speaker materials for each of the CLE programs we present during your membership year.

Sustaining members support WACDL with an additional contribution.  They may download the materials for WACDL CLE programs presented while they are a sustaining member.


“Years of practice” is determined by when you were first admitted to any Bar.

Public defender members are those who obtain all of their income from assigned cases (e.g., no private cases).

Law professor members are for full-time law professors.

Retired membership is for retired lawyers no longer taking paid cases.


Associate members are non-lawyers involved with the criminal justice system. Please select the appropriate associate member category:

- working full-time in a public defender office,

- staff of a law office, or

- other