Registration now ope...

Registration now open! WDA’s Defender Conference and Leadership Pre-Conference
Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, this year’s Defender Conference: Pro se, No Way! The Right to Effective Assistance of Counsel is about, you guessed it, the right to effective assistance of counsel! Join us in-person at the beautiful Sun Mountain Lodge located in Winthrop, Washington. The Leadership Pre-Conference begins the afternoon of April 27th. The main conference kicks off on Friday afternoon, April 28th and runs all day on Saturday, April 29th. For a full schedule of the main conference, click here.

  • Hear from Keynote Speakers Keisha Hudson Chief Public Defender of Philadelphia and Washington State Supreme Court Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud.
  • Learn how to take your legal research to the next level with Washington Supreme Court State Law Librarian and former public defender in New Mexico, Rob Mead.
  • Opportunities for ALL staff- line attorneys, support staff, and management- to attend Leadership Pre-Conference from April 27th through 28th to develop leadership skills and strengthen the future of public defense.

To register for the main conference, click here..

To register for the Leadership Development Conference, click here.