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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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You are eligible for WACDL membership if you are an attorney who is a member of any state bar, a law student, or a non-lawyer professional who is involved with the criminal justice system.

Prosecutors, law enforcement, and full-time judges are not eligible for membership in WACDL.  read more

I meet the eligibility requirements for WACDL membership. In addition, I am not a full or part-time prosecutor; I do not perform any prosecutorial functions; I am not a full-time judge; and I am not employed in law enforcement or engaged in law enforcement investigation of criminal cases.
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Please consider supporting us at one of the following levels.

$700 - patron member
$435 - sustaining member
$290 - 4 or more years of practice*
$200 - 3rd & 4th year of practice*
$130 - 1st & 2nd year of practice*
$160 - full-time public defender (no private cases)
$190 - full-time law professor
$140 - retired
$160 - associate - law office staff (non-lawyer)
$125 - associate - at public defender office (non-lawyer)
$185 - associate - other (non-lawyer)
$35 - law student

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*since first admission to any Bar
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Lawyers (regular, junior, public defender, patron, sustaining & law professor) must be admitted to a state bar. Enter one or more bar memberships here.
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I joined WACDL as a law student, not knowing at the time what a tremendous resource and critical part of my practice this organization would end up to be. Over ten years later, WACDL is an integral part of my practice and my identity as a criminal defense attorney. WACDL membership provides invaluable access to other defense attorneys for everything from brainstorming on novel legal issues to strike force support when needed. Being a WACDL member makes you part of a team and gives you the knowledge you need to fight for your clients, and the comfort and camaraderie of knowing you’re not in it alone.
– Brit Mercer
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