Legislative and Policy Advocacy

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 2021 

The 2021 Legislative Session is a normal session that began on January 11 and will end on April 25. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the session will be conducted remotely. Stay tuned for more information!


Please contact Christie Hedman or Amy Hirotaka if you have any questions or are interested in our legislative work.

Amicus Work

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.