Registration is now open for WDA’s 2020 Defender Conference: Sparking Compassion – Defending Client Dignity and Humanity on April 24 & 25. This year’s conference will take place once again at Sun Mountain Lodge in Winthrop, Washington. We encourage you to make your plans now to attend as Sun Mountain Lodge has limited capacity; however, there are quite a few other options in the Winthrop area. If you are unable to book a room at the lodge, you can try getting on the waiting list as a back up to your confirmed accommodations, as some rooms will open up closer to the conference Click here for information about Sun Mountain Lodge.
WDA’s 2020 Defender Conference will focus on counteracting the pervasive discrimination and lack of compassion towards clients that have been demonized by the criminal justice system and society at large. We will explore the unique legal and social challenges of representing individuals charged with violent offenses, domestic violence offenses and sexual offenses. Sessions will cover recent developments in the law, common evidence issues, practical trial skills, and how to provide client centered representation. We are also pleased to partner with the Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) to present a new juvenile track entitled Anatomy of a Case. Finally, there will be sessions on advocating for non-citizen clients. 9.5 total CLE credits have been approved from the WSBA for this program. For more information about the conference and speakers, click here. For a full schedule, click here. This year, we will also be holding a Pre-Conference Leadership Development Program on April 23 and 24. For more information on that program, click here.