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Why I'm a WACDL Member - Robert Perez
"Joining the most active criminal defense organization in the state seemed like a no-brainer in terms of networking, meeting potential sources of referrals, learning the local ropes, and so on."
Why I'm a WACDL Member - Amy Muth
" If you want your clients to benefit from the combined knowledge of over 1000 lawyers, become a member of WACDL."
Why I'm a WACDL Member - Thomas W. Cox
"The guidance that I have received from my association with WACDL has kept me in good standing in my legal community."
Why I'm a WACDL Member - Catlin Gibson
" I cannot say enough about what WACDL has done for me and my career in criminal defense as a paralegal and an investigator."
Why I'm a WACDL Member - David Hammerstad
"Fingertip access to advice and support on list serves."
Why I'm a WACDL Member - Neil Fox
"WACDL is really an amazing organization that all defense attorneys, including public defenders, should join."
The cost of seeking the dealth penalty.
Seattle University study finds Washington death penalty cases cost at least $1 million more than when death not sought.
LFO Bench Cards
Prepared by the WSSC's Minority and Justice Commission
Kent Underwood on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer
"During my youth I developed a strong distaste for the abuse of authority, and a great appreciation for the Bill of Rights."
Brit Mercer on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer
"He told me that his sentencing was the first time he really believed that anyone cared about him."
Omar Nur on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer
"The cases are always interesting and it is very fulfilling to help guide my clients through these difficult times in their lives."
Linda M. Callahan on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer
"Those of us who defend people pulled over by police are engaged in a battle beyond that of any one client."
Kallie Ferguson on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer
"Our country over-criminalizes and doesn’t seek out good alternatives to jail. I want to be a driving force against that system."
Nancy Neal on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer
"The conduct that is defined as 'criminal' is often regular human behavior."
Colleen O'Connor on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer
"The prosecutor initially saw him as a hardened gangster. I saw the teenage boy."
Edwin Aralica on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer
"It is so important to represent our clients with dignity, respect, and a sense of humanity."
Emily M. Gause on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer
"There is never a dull moment in criminal defense. I love fighting the good fight."
PCAST Report on Forensic Science Released
President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
Pattern Jury Instructions
New criminal instructions now available online.
Bob Goldsmith on Being a Criminal Defense Lawyer
"I wanted to do something to help people, especially the underdogs...and I wanted to stand up for people."
WACDL Court Rules Committee prepares package of rule proposals
The WACDL Court Rules Committee is preparing a package of rule change proposals to submit in 2017 for the scheduled review of criminal law court rules.
New Publications Available from WACDL
WACDL's Publications and Resources Committee is releasing six new quick reference guides.
Certificate of Appreciation Recipients
WACDL president Amy Muth has selected the following members to receive certificates of appreciation for their volunteer efforts. They will be presented with their certificates at WACDL’s annual conference in Chelan.
Thank You Holiday Party Sponsors
Thank you to the generous businesses and WACDL members who have made sponsor contributions for our December 8 holiday party!
Governor Signs Fair Chance Act
HB 1298, which prohibits employers from asking about arrests or convictions before an applicant is determined otherwise qualified for a position, was signed on March 13.
2018 WACDL Board Nominations
WACDL’s Nominating Committee has developed its slate of nominees for Board of Governor positions.
New Hope Act forms now available to download
You can download forms from Civil Survival's website to help you vacate your misdemeanor or felony conviction.
WACDL Quick Reference Guides on Sale
Get 50% off our reference publications. (Member login required.)
Florida Can’t Bar Ex-Felons From Voting Just Because They’re Poor, Appeals Court Rules
Slate: Florida may not prohibit ex-felons from voting merely because they can’t afford to pay court fines and fees, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled...
Bill would curtail solitary confinement for detained kids
Everett Daily Herald: The new state law would make an exception for children at risk of harming themselves or others.
Washington considers faster pathways to restoring rights after felony convictions
Crosscut: Three proposals in the state Legislature seek to help those with past convictions volunteer in schools, clear their records and earn their right to vote back faster.
Proposed order re: COVID-19
WACDL and other organizations request an emergency order from the Washington Supreme Court in response to COVID-19
Several Washington courts continue to require court appearances during the ongoing crisis and many inmates in correctional facilities are at a heightened risk of illness.
Letter to supreme court
Letter to supreme court
Washington Supreme Court issues uniform closure order for all state courts
The order, jointly drafted by criminal defense lawyers and prosecutors, was issued the evening of March 18.
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