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Welcome to WDA

WDA is an association of Washington State defense attorneys and public defenders, social workers, investigators and those committed to improving indigent defense.  We provide training, case assistance, and a legislative voice to those working in public defense.

We provide resources and support to indigent defenders through
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 Membership supports indigent defense in Washington.  Members have access to:

Thinking of joining? Click here to read more about the benefits of being a member.

Already a WDA Member? Click here to request a password to our site.


CLE trainings are tuition-free for members.  Last year, WDA offered over 100 hours of live CLE credits.  You can find training that focus on trial advocacy, criminal law and procedure, juvenile law, dependencies and other civil matters. 

          • Past CLEs, which are available online for A/V credit.
Case Assistance

Washington attorneys can receive FREE case assistance on their indigent cases. Case assistance includes brainstorming, assistance on motions and technical assistance. 



WDA provides a voice for the indigent and their defenders in the state legislature.  Working with other organizations and offices committed to protecting indigent rights, WDA advocates for and sponsors legislation in Washington State. WDA has written or joined other organizations in writing amicus briefs in state and federal court, focusing primarily on issues relating to the right to counsel, access to justice and fairness for all persons appearing before the court.


Contact WDA for questions about our organization or this website.  Follow this link for information on volunteer or extern positions. 

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