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September 12, 2022 | Alison Pagan

The City of Tukwila is requesting proposals from well qualified law firms interested in providing public defense services for criminal misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors in Tukwila Municipal Court. The City will pay a flat monthly fee for all public defense services.

The successful law firm (“Proposer”) will contract with the City for provision of public defense services as an independent contractor and shall not be entitled to City benefits. The Proposer will be responsible for performance of all of the obligations under the contract in conformance with the Rules of Professional Conduct and state and federal law. The contracted services are intended to begin January 2023. The City anticipates entering into a two-year contract for public defense services upon completion of the request for proposal process.
The City will pay the selected Public Defense firm for representational services, including lawyer
services and appropriate staff services, infrastructure, investigation and appropriate sentencing
advocacy. All proposals should consider Tukwila Municipal Code 2.70.050 Public Defense Standards and the Washington State Supreme Court Standards (“Standards”), when submitting proposals. Proposals should include all necessary infrastructure, training, and services necessary to comply with the Standards.

Legal services per client will be provided from time of appointment through final disposition, including trial, sentencing, review hearings and appeals to superior court, if necessary and will include, but not be limited to, interviews of clients and potential witnesses, legal research, preparation and filing of pleadings, negotiations with the appropriate prosecutor or other agency and court regarding possible dispositions, and preparation for and appearance at court proceedings.

The deadline to apply is September 23. For more information, including how to apply, click here: Request for Qualifications and Proposals – Public Defense Services