2023 Defender Confer...

2023 Defender Conference

Registration is now open for WDA’s 2023 Defender Conference: Pro se, no way! The Right to Effective Assistance of Counsel on April 28 -29  in Winthrop, WA. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, this year’s Defender Conference is about the right to effective assistance of counsel. This conference is co-sponsored by Washington State Office of Public Defense.

  • Hear from Keynote Speaker Keisha Hudson Chief Public Defender of Philadelphia and Washington State Supreme Court Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud.
  • Learn how to take your legal research to the next level with Washington Supreme Court State Law Librarian and former public defender in New Mexico, Rob Mead.
  • Attend the Leadership Development Program before the conference from April 27th through 28th to develop leadership skills and strengthen the future of public defense.
  • For a full schedule, click here.

This year’s conference will take place once again at Sun Mountain Lodge. Sun Mountain is currently at capacity but there are other lodging options in the area at The Winthrop Inn, Hotel Rio Vista and The River’s Edge Lodge. If you are interested in staying at Sun Mountain, feel free to check in with them at (509) 996-2211 occasionally as there may be cancellations in the future.

To attend the Leadership Development Program, you’ll need to register separately here.