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WACDL Membership Benefits

Learn how WACDL can help you save time, stay informed of changes in the law, and do more for your criminal defense clients.

Criminal Defense Education & Information

  • State and federal case law updates
  • Continuing legal education
  • DUI practice email newsletter
  • Email discussion groups focused on state, federal, DUI and post-conviction criminal defense*
  • Annual update on new state criminal laws
  • Online, searchable listing of law enforcement officers on "Brady" lists
  • Expert witness database
  • Online legal document library
  • Quick reference guides with issues and authority on suppression, lesser includeds, prosecutorial misconduct and more
  • Washington Criminal Defense magazine

Connect with the Defense Bar

  • Online member directory
  • Mentor program
  • CLE programs and events
  • Job listings and notices

Practical and Timely Assistance

  • Ethics hotline
  • "Strike Force" support if you are held in contempt, have a grievance filed against you, or are subpoenaed.
  • Training scholarships

Tools for Your Practice

  • Online find-a-lawyer directory connects you to potential clients
  • Model fee agreements
  • Mentor program

Advocacy on Issues that Affect Your Clients & Practice

  • Amicus program
  • Legislative program and public policy representation
  • Judicial and prosecutorial conduct

Leadership Opportunities

  • Service on WACDL committees and task forces
  • Shape the policies and practices that affect you, the defense bar, and your clients

 

*Note that the following members may not participate in the email discussion lists:  (1)  law student members serving as judicial interns/externs may not participate in lists during the period of their intern/externship, and (2) associate (non-lawyer) members whose work may be require them to make reports to courts, or take adverse action, regarding criminal defendants.

Testimonials
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