News & Updates


New Practice Advisories on Representing Non-Citizens in Dependency Cases

D’Adre Cunningham of WDA’s Incarcerated Parents Project has posted four practice advisories for attorneys representing non-citizen parents and non-citizen children in dependency cases. Dependency Immigration Basics (P...


WDA’s Incarcerated Parents Project: Say Yes To Keeping families together by supporting Senate Bill 5307

“Our love goes beyond bars.” -T.Q. and M.L, Mothers at Washington Corrections Center for Women   Caption: A mother parenting and serving time for a violent crime with her son at the Washington Corrections Center for Wome...


The 2018 WDA Award Nominations Are Now Open!

Help us recognize the hardest working, most dedicated and accomplished professionals in public defense.  Every year at the Defender Conference, WDA celebrates the accomplishments of those doing outstanding work in our community. ...


New Practice Advisory on Protective Sweeps

Magda Baker has published a practice advisory on protective sweeps. It includes law on the two types of protective sweeps and suggests arguments that a protective sweep must follow an arrest.  Click here to view it.  


Updated Columbia Legal Services Document – Legal Resources for People in Institutions

Columbia Legal Service has updated their document in their Institutions Project with a list of resources for people in institutions.


Proclamation from Governor Recognizing Public Defense Day-March 18th!

Exciting news! Washington Defender Association has worked with Governor Jay Inslee to issue a proclamation recognizing March 18 as Public Defense Day. This proclamation serves to celebrate the work of all public defenders in Washi...