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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
WACDL is a remarkable organization and resource for those practitioners who handle a lot of criminal cases as well as those who only handle a few. Anyone who is serious about improving their skills and providing more effective representation to their clients should join this organization.
– Robert Leen