Defenders Rising

Defenders Rising

Engaging New Generations of Public Defenders

Washington Defender Association, in partnership with Gonzaga School of Law, Seattle University School of Law, and the University of Washington School of Law, has created the Defenders Rising Initiative. The goal of the Defenders Rising Initiative is three fold:  to cultivate the next generation of public defenders while they are in law school, to increase diversity in the indigent defense bar, and to foster relationships between future defenders and defender offices across the state.

Get Engaged:

  • Join our Email List! Email with title, “Defender Rising” to be added. This is the best way to learn about all the latest events such as panels with defender offices.
  • Become a member of WDA—Student memberships are just $20/year. This will unlock all Continuing Education Classes, including the 2020 Leadership Conference with keynote speakers Jon Rapping and Illy Askia of Gideon’s Promise, brief banks in a variety of areas of criminal, family defense, and juvenile defense, and legislative work that shapes the laws of Washington State. Click the link to join and select Student Membership when you reach the payment screen:
  • Join us at a Training event! WDA hosts webinars, conferences, and various other training programs that you are encouraged to attend. We also will be hosting Defenders Rising specific events, including panels with public defender offices across the state. Our next event is February 23 at 12:30 pm.



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