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WACDL Membership Eligibility

WACDL membership is for criminal defense lawyers and associated professionals; read more about membership restrictions here.

The following individuals are eligible for membership in WACDL:

  • Any attorney who is a member of any state bar.
  • Any law student is eligible for non-voting membership as a law student member.
  • Any professional person who is involved with the criminal justice system but is not an attorney is eligible for non-voting membership as an Associate of Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


The following are not eligible for membership in WACDL:

  • Persons who perform a prosecutorial function or persons employed in the offices of prosecutors, including, but not limited to, United States Attorneys, City Attorneys, District Attorneys or Attorneys General;
  • any persons who perform any law enforcement investigation of criminal cases including, but not limited to, those employed in law enforcement, including police officers, sheriffs, correctional officers and probation officers;
  • any person engaged in a full-time judicial function, including any full-time judge, commissioner or referee.
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