We will also be celebrating Washington Defender Association’s 35th anniversary.
Established in October 1983, WDA has been honored to advocate for public defenders and their clients through training, policy work and technical assistance for the past 35 years. We have grown from a small handful of lawyers to over 1500 members that include the spectrum of public defense roles. From the development of standards for public defense services to the establishment of the State Office of Public Defense and the WSBA Council on Public Defense, WDA has been at the forefront of reform efforts to ensure that the justice system treats low income people and disadvantaged communities with equality and respect. We are honored to have Chief Justice Fairhurst and Lt. Gov. Habib as our luncheon guests and hope you will join us in this recognition of WDA and our members’ work.