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WDA's 2013 Defender Conference

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  • WDA In Person CLE
When Apr 26, 2013 01:00 PM to
Apr 27, 2013 05:00 PM
Where Winthrop, WA
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Contact Phone (206) 623-4321
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This year’s Defender Conference will have three tracks, one focused primarily on adult cases, one on juvenile cases and one on dependency matters. The adult track will center on issues that arise in domestic violence cases, the juvenile track will examine how to build a holistic defense practice and the dependency track will help lawyers ensure that better evaluations are created in their cases. Click here to download the brochure and complete schedule.

To register, email with the name of the program in the subject line.
There has been a change to our program: Tim Young, the chief public defender for Ohio, is replacing Cait Clarke, who is leaving NLADA to work with the federal government’s Office of Defender Services. Tim is the president of the ACCD and has been doing a lot of work this year to promote the right to counsel, so while we are sad that Cait will not be able to join us, Tim will be a great way to open the 2013 Defender Conference.
Domestic violence cases carry even more serious consequences based on recent changes to the law. The criminal track will focus on how to defend a domestic violence case where evidence is limited to “he said-she said” allegations, look at ways community-based domestic violence advocates can help attorneys creatively resolve and litigate cases, and strategize avenues to minimize the consequences of a domestic violence conviction. 
More than 15% of wrongful conviction cases overturned through DNA testing involve an informant who testified in the trial. This session will focus on the problems with witnesses who have an incentive to testify and what steps can be taken to reduce the impact of informant testimony in your case.
WDAIP attorneys will provide an update on immigration law since the Supreme Court issued Chaidez v. United States and cover how to provide effective advice on the immigration consequences of a conviction.
The ethics program will highlight the obligations attorneys face when representing a client who has experienced trauma and how attorneys manage their own stress. Juvenile court lawyers will be able to discuss the role defense counsel plays in juvenile and dependency court and how representing a juvenile client alters those obligations.
TeamChild and the National Juvenile Defender Center host this year’s juvenile track on creating a holistic defense practice. This track will center on how to adopt and incorporate holistic defense into your practice. Highlighted issues include how to understand and mitigate the consequences of an adjudication for youth in juvenile court and how to make use of available resources when your client has mental health issues.
The dependency track is an addition to this year’s program and was organized by Erin Lovell and Casey Trupin. This program will discuss new laws that impact foster children and tactics to help your client succeed in the foster care system. It also will look at the evaluation process in dependency cases and ways to ensure that your client is getting a good evaluation. The training will conclude with an analysis of how to cross examine an expert on their evaluation, at fact-finding hearings and other proceedings.
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