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WDA’s 2017 Defender Conference: Taking Advocacy to the Next Level

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  • In Person CLE
When Apr 28, 2017 09:00 AM to
Apr 29, 2017 05:00 PM
Where Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop, WA
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Contact Phone 206-623-4321
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In this time of major transition it is more important than ever for us to come together as a community to learn and strategize about current issues and best practices affecting public defense.  The Defender Conference provides an opportunity to join your peers from across the state in a setting second to none.  This year’s presentations will focus on practical steps towards integrating racial justice and equity issues into your daily practice as well as other substantive issues and skills.

Some highlights for this year’s conference include:

Friday, April 28th

A keynote speech by Jeff Adachi, Public Defender of the City and County of San Francisco on Addressing Race and Implicit Bias in Your Cases, followed by a session on Litigating Racial Justice Issues in Daily Practice.  In recent years, great strides in research have been made concerning the neuroscience of implicit bias. But how do we effectively use this body of research in defending our clients and their cases? Jeff Adachi helped co-found "Public Defenders for Racial Justice" to train public defenders on how to effectively raise racial justice issues through litigation. He will discuss the realities of implicit bias of judges and juries, how to overcome and de-bias ourselves in preparing our cases and how to raise racial bias issues in our daily litigation.

Saturday April 29th

Justice Debra Stephens, Washington State Supreme Court

Justice Stephens has served on the Washington Supreme Court since 2008. She sits on the Supreme Court’s Minority and Justice Commission. Justice Stephens will share her perspectives from the State’s highest court and the importance of vigorous and effective representation to ensure justice for all. 

Other training sessions will include:

  • Legislative and Policy Updates
  • Defending Non-Citizen Clients in the Trump Era (WDA’s Immigration Project)
  • Helping the Community Help You (This panel will feature formerly incarcerated community organizers and defenders to share their experiences and discuss effective and innovative community engagement strategies.
  • Fighting LFOs in Courts of Limited Jurisdiction 
  • The Science of Blood Draws and DUIs
  • Toxicology for Investigators 

There also will be separate dependency, juvenile and Involuntary Treatment Act (ITA) tracks:

The Dependency Track sessions will be held on Friday and Saturday and will include Updates in Dependency Policies and Defending Incarcerated Parents; Dependency Immigration Issues; and Hands-On Practice: Litigating Shelter Care Hearings.

The Juvenile Training Academy will be on Saturday and is sponsored by the Washington State Office of Public Defense.

The ITA Track will be on Friday afternoon.

Click here to fill out our online registration form. Registrations cannot be accepted by email. 

Click here for the full schedule.

To learn more about Sun Mountain Lodge, click here.

A full schedule, along with further logistical information will be released soon!


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