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Defender Conference Training

WDA sponsors education and training programs related to indigent defense. Tuition to all WDA CLEs is free with WDA membership. If you are a WDA member and do not yet have an username and password to log on and watch past programs for A/V credit, click here to request one

Washington State Office of Public Defense certifies WDA's training programs to meet the new Standards.

Upcoming Programs

You can find a complete list of upcoming programs on the right hand side bar or by following this link.

Past Programs

WDA stores recordings and materials from past programs for viewing for A/V CLE credit and for research. You may also search for a CLE topic using the "search site" tab in the upper-right corner of this page.

Some of our most recent in-person programs:

  • Negotiating Justice: Advancing Racial Equity and Client Goals (Password for videos is WDA)
john powell: Structural Racism and Other Forces that Impact Our Clients (1.5 hours)
Panel Presentation: Real-life Problems: Client Representation Challenges (1.25 hours)

In-Person Trainings

Every year, WDA holds an annual conference in early spring, which provides an opportunity for defenders throughout the state to meet one another and is designed for attorneys at all levels of experience to improve their practice.

Each December, WDA sponsors a six-hour ethics seminar, designed to meet the three-year requirement for ethics credits.

WDA sponsors many other in-person training programs throughout the state, all of which can be found on the Upcoming Events page.  Please contact us if you are interested in seeing WDA sponsor a particular type of program or if you are interested in participating in planning one.

Webinar Trainings

In addition to in-person programs, WDA sponsors web-based presentations.  WDA generally holds two of these seminars a month. These are generally an hour long and are typically held on Fridays at lunchtime.


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