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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
As someone who moved to Washington state after practicing for many years in another state, it was important to me upon my arrival to learn the local customs and conventions of Washington criminal practice from the ground up. No single resource was more valuable to me than WACDL membership. Through the listserv, the conferences and the various online resources, I quickly learned everything I needed to know, or where to find it. It immeasurably accelerated the growth of my practice and the quality of my service to my clients. I can't imagine practicing criminal defense in Washington without a WACDL membership.
– Robert Perez