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ResourcesWDA publishes the following:

  • Washington Criminal Defense Magazine is published every quarter.  This magazine, co-published with WACDL, includes articles written by some of Washington's outstanding defense attorneys.
  • DefenseNET is our monthly E-newsletter and is dedicated to covering current public defense issues. 
  • Our weekly E-Update provides up to the minute information on CLEs, changes to the law and other information pertinent to the practice of public defense. 

WDA has published a number of training manuals that are available to members.  Most are available online.  Contact the office by phone or by e-mail for a copy of any of the publications that are not available online.

This manual provides an overview and discussion of various sentencing strategies and options.  The primary author of the most recent version is by Travis Stearns. It is available to members only.
This manual is an overview of the consequences of a conviction and what an an attorney needs to know to provide competent counsel on sentencing issues.  The primary author is Kim Ambrose.  It was updated in 2011 by Sascha Sprinkle, Jeremy Regan in 2012 and by Jessica Erickson in 2013.  It is available to the public. This manual is about the long term impact of a juvenile record and concerns what defense attorneys need to know about Collateral and other non-confinement consequences of juvenile adjudications.  The primary author of this version is Kim Ambrose.  It was updated in 2011 by Sascha Sprinkle, George Yeannakis and Travis Stearns. It was updated in 2013 by Jessica Erickson and Travis Stearns.  It is available to the public. This manual is an overview of some of the issues that arise in defending a domestic violence case.  The primary author is Travis Stearns and it is available to members only.
  • Defense of a Drug Case
This publication is a comprehensive overview of the issues that arise when defending a drug case in Washington State.  This manual is not currently available on-line as it is in the process of being updated.  For a copy of the 1995 version, please contact WDA.  This manual is available for members only. This manual was created by the Washington Defender Association Immigration Rights Project.  It is a comprehensive guide to assisting non-citizens in Washington State criminal proceedings.  The primary authors are Annie Benson and Jonathan Moore.  This manual is available to the public.  The most current information about immigration/criminal law can be found in the immigration section of this website. The Washington Defender Association Standards for Public Defense Services set out the objectives and minimum requirements for providing legal representation to poor persons accused of crimes facing juvenile, dependency, or civil commitment proceedings in Washington State.  This is available to the public. This manual focuses on statutory construction under Washington law.  The primary author is Magda Baker.  This document is available to members and indigent defenders in Washington State. This manual focuses on challenging DWLS charges in Washington State.  The primary author is Magda Baker.  This publication is available to members and indigent defenders in Washington State. These flow charts address how a case is handled in Chins, civil commitments, dependencies, federal, misdemeanor, juvenile and SVP cases.  Molly Cohan is the primary creator of these flowcharts.  They were updated by Travis Stearns. These are available to members only.

These facts sheets discuss issues relating to the reliability of flawed evidence.  They were created by Travis Stearns. They are available to members only.

This publication includes numerous arguments challenging searches and seizures.  It has been updated by Magda Baker and is available to all members and indigent defenders in Washington. 

This publication is a practical guide to understanding Legal Financial Obligations and contains strategies for advocating on behalf of your clients at sentencing, revocation and remission hearings.  The primary authors are Travis Stearns and Eric Holte.

This publication is a practical guide for investigators and attorneys who work with them, covering topics including: how to develop an investigation, take a statement, the ethics of investigation, and the need for safety. It also includes sample questions that investigators can use to prepare an investigation. It was prepared by Travis Stearns.

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