Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

WACDL was formed to improve the quality and administration of justice.  WACDL has close to 1000 members – private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, and related professionals committed to preserving fairness and promoting a rational and humane criminal justice system.

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News & Information

Out of Trouble, but Criminal Records Keep Men Out of Work
New York Times: Mr. Mirsky is a convicted criminal, and work is hard to find.
Fight over juvenile justice reform comes to Pierce County
News Tribune: Armed with recent advantageous U.S. Supreme Court rulings, public defenders and youth advocates across the nation have begun demanding reform of tough-on-crime juvenile justice laws enacted two decades ago.
State Supreme Court weighs warrantless searches of records
KOMO News: Justices on Washington's Supreme Court had a lot of questions Tuesday about a little-known state law that allows investigators to get a suspect's bank, phone, email and other records without a search warrant.
Yakima County forum will discuss pre-trial release program
Yakima-Herald: Yakima County is among three areas selected nationwide to participate in the pilot program that offers judges risk-assessment tools to determine who would most likely return to court and not reoffend while awaiting trial.
Gov. Jay Inslee’s statement on today’s hearing regarding repeal of Washington’s death penalty law
“I fully support the bipartisan bills introduced this year to end the death penalty."
How to Force Prosecutors to Play Fair
New York Times: When prosecutors cheat and lie repeatedly to win convictions, should their office be held accountable?
Why I'm a WACDL Member - Neil Fox
"WACDL is really an amazing organization that all defense attorneys, including public defenders, should join."
State v. Mecham (No. 90598-3)
On January 30, 2015, WACDL filed an amicus brief in State v. Mecham.
Why I'm a WACDL Member - David Hammerstad
"Fingertip access to advice and support on list serves."
'Death-qualified' juror search slows marathon, theater cases
Seattle Times: The process is designed to weed out jurors who have strong feelings for or against the death penalty. A 1985 ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court said a juror can lawfully be excused if his views on the death penalty are so strong that they would prevent or substantially impair his ability to follow the law.
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 - Thomas W. Cox
"The guidance that I have received from my association with WACDL has kept me in good standing in my legal community."
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Upcoming Events
Current Issues in Evidence & Suppression (Seattle) Mar 13, 2015 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM — Washington State Convention Center (7th & Pike, Seattle)
Current Issues in Evidence & Suppression (Pasco) Mar 20, 2015 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM — Holiday Inn Express (4525 Convention Place), Pasco
2015 Annual Conference Jun 11, 2015 - Jun 13, 2015 — Campbell's Resort on Lake Chelan