WDA’s legislative advocacy program is coordinated with the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL). We share a lobbyist, Neil Beaver, and staff oversee various issues and advocacy efforts under the guidance of our joint Legislative Committee.
Legislative Session 2022
The 2022 Legislative Session is a short 60 day session that began on January 10 and will end on March 10. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the vast majority of the session will be conducted remotely.
This session our top priorities are to support the State Office of Public Defense’s budget request, sentencing reform, and the creation of an independent prosecutor’s office to handle law enforcement shootings.
WDA/WACDL Position Papers
WDA appears on behalf of indigent persons, public defenders and other criminal defense attorneys on issues relating to due process, access to justice, criminal defense and the rights of indigent persons. If you are handling a matter at the appellate level that you would like WDA to provide amicus briefing on, or to sign on to your amicus, please visit our Amicus Advocacy page.