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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 an associate member, I cannot say enough about what WACDL has done for me and my career in criminal defense as a paralegal and an investigator. There simply are not enough places for paralegals and investigators to learn about criminal defense in order to keep current with laws, explore new topics, and network with like-minded professionals. The local associations for paralegals and investigators are aimed primarily at private practice in civil law, and as such, the activities are not usually relevant to criminal law, especially not public defense. Meeting people through WACDL is probably much of the reason I have been able to find such interesting work over the years. Networking through WACDL does not feel like work, it feels like fun as we are always mixing in great social activities and it is very relaxed and natural. One of the proudest moments in my career was being asked to chair the summer Support Staff CLE, knowing that I could be a part of helping others to discover the potential benefits available to WACDL associate members.
– Catlin Gibson