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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 ...
WACDL Member Wins Exoneration for Client
Court: Withheld evidence means servicemen deserve new trial
State v. Tyler Watkins WSSC #94973-5
WACDL filed an amicus brief on Mr. Watkins behalf addressing the issue of whether Washington's automatic decline statute which requires prosecution of youth in ...
State v. Waylon James Hubbard, WSSC #95012-1
WACDL filed an amicus brief on behalf of Mr. Hubbard supporting his petition for review to the Washington supreme court from a decision of the court of appeals ...
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, ...
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."
Thank You to Holiday Party Auction Item Donors
Thank you to the generous businesses and individuals who made auction item contributions for our December 8 holiday party!
Thank You to Our Holiday Party Contributors
Thank you to those who contributed by raising their paddle at the Holiday Party and Auction.
Thank You to Auction Item Purchasers
Thank you to all those who contributed by purchasing auction items at our December 8 Holiday Party and Auction!
In Re Eduardo Sandoval, WSSC # 92412-1
WACDL filed an amicus brief on Mr. Sandoval's PRP which followed a direct appeal consolidated with a first PRP. This was a successive PRP filed beyond the ...
State v. Michael Leon Shemesh (No. 91750-7)
Significant constitutional rights and public interests are impacted when there is a systemic breakdown in a county's public defense system that cause a ...
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."
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.
State v. David E. Nickels (No. 31642-4-III)
On March 25, 2015, WACDL filed an amicus brief in this case.
John Doe A., et al. v. WA. State Patrol (No. 90413-8)
On April 8, 2016 the WSSC issued its opinion in this case. WACDL filed an amicus brief on April 24, 2015.
Johnson v. United States, 14-1006
WACDL joined an amicus brief, filed April 17, 2015, seeking US Supreme Court review in this case.
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."
WACDL Board of Governors
Our new officers and board members take their positions on June 10, 2016.
OPNET v Fager, #95013-0
WACDL has agreed to file an amicus on behalf of Mr. Fager on an appeal from the COA reversing the trial court award of attorney fees for defending against the ...
2018 WACDL Board Nominations
WACDL’s Nominating Committee has developed its slate of nominees for Board of Governor positions.