The Washington Defender Association provides the following services for its members:
Training: CLE programs with no tuition charge. These include our live in-person programs (held 6-8 times a year) and our bi-monthly webinars. A/V recordings of many of our past programs are also available on this site for your viewing.
Publications: WDA publishes a weekly WDA E-Update, a weekly CLE Update, a monthly DefenseNet E-Newsletter, and co-publishes (with WACDL) a quarterly magazine, Criminal Defense. These will keep you updated on the latest news, training opportunities, and changing legislation.
Members Only Section of Website: This includes an expert bank, a brief bank, many of our published resources, and access to over 100 hours of streaming video CLEs that can be watched on your computer for A/V credit.
Members Only Listservs: Our felony, misdemeanor, and immigration lists are open to attorney, social worker or investigator working in public defense. Our other lists are available to our members.
- Resource Assistance: WDA has attorneys available for case assistance and an immigration specialist to assist in issues relating to representation of non-citizen clients. They are on call at the WDA office 9-5, Monday-Friday, for your convenience.
- Legislative Advocacy: WDA maintains a presence in Olympia to encourage the passage of legislation that will support its members and their clients.
- Join Us
- Anyone interested in the practice of public defense in Washington state is welcome to join WDA. Note: Individuals currently performing prosecutorial or judicial work are not eligible for WDA membership.
- Annual membership is only $150 for an individual per calendar year and entitles you to receive all the services listed above. If you join after July 1, you have the option of paying $225 for the remainder of the calendar year and the entirety of next year. If you join after December 1, you have the option of paying $175 for the remainder of the calendar year and the entirety of the next year. There are also discounts for offices of five or more to join as a whole. Please contact our office at (206) 623-4321 if you wish to join as an office. Click here to join now!