NAPD & WDA ...

This fall the Washington Defender Association (WDA), the National Association for Public Defense (NAPD) and Washington Innocence Project (WashIP) are excited and bring “We the Defenders” to Seattle. This intensive, multi-day program is specifically designed for criminal defense attorneys, investigators, social workers, and sentencing advocates. The program consists of multiple tracks and will feature nationally and locally recognized faculty in a mix of plenary sessions, simultaneous sessions and small group breakouts. Participants will have the opportunity to choose sessions to best fit their individual needs.

Topics will include:

  • The Story That Was Never Told
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Investigators
  • What’s Left Behind When You Surf the Web
  • Firearms Evidence and Ballistics
  • Behind the Curtain: the Post Mortem Exam
  • A-Z Internet Searching
  • Interviewing Adults Displaying Antisocial Personality Traits
  • The History of Mitigation
  • Records Collection and Organization
  • Social History Videos
  • Workshop: Antisocial Personality Traits
  • Interviewing
  • Investigating FASD
  • Race and Our Practice
  • Social History Workshop
  • Strategies to Impact Vicarious Trauma
  • Internet Sleuthing for Mitigation
  • Testifying
  • Writing Social Histories
  • Medical Records: What You Need to Know Without “Googling” Every Term
  • Decompressing in a Compressed World – Hypnosis for stress reduction
  • Report Writing for Investigators
  • No Dropped Calls: Partnering With Your Smartphone in the Field
  • Representing Muslim Clients
  • Ethical Dilemmas: Social Work in Criminal Defense
  • Strangulation
  • Internet Sleuthing: Advanced
  • Traumatic Blunt Force Injuries
  • Working with Experts
  • Analyzing Cell Phone Extractions
  • Intersectionality – Connecting the Differences
  • Safety in the Field
  • Turning Our Client’s Trauma into Resilience
  • Drugs of Abuse: Opiates/Opiods
  • Using Self as a Tool (Impact of Race, Class and Gender on Interviewing)
  • Teambuilding
  • Mindfulness: Meditation Practices for Practitioners and Clients

 For a full schedule, click here.

 WDA Member Discount: We have a limited number of discount codes that we can give to our members on a first come first serve basis. The next 50 WDA registrants should use the code: WDACode2. This will bring the price down to $250 for the 4 day conference. If you have problems utilizing this code, please contact us at

Please click the links below to register:

 Attorneys and Investigators, click here to register

 Social Workers and Sentencing Advocates, click here to register

Take a Peek – Watch this video about a recent We the Defenders Conference in Indianapolis in 2018.