The Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL) was established in 1987 to improve the quality and administration of criminal justice and ensure due process for all persons accused of crime in the state of Washington. The WACDL is listed as a not-for-profit corporation.
The WACDL fosters the professional growth of criminal defense lawyers in Washington through education and exchange of information. The organization hosts continuing legal education (CLEs) and year-round networking opportunities for members.
The WACDL is governed by an elected board of governors, and employs an executive director and other staff. Membership is open to Washington criminal defense lawyers, including both public defenders and attorneys in private practice. The organization is an affiliate of the National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (NACDL).
The William O. Douglas Award is WACDL’s most esteemed award, and is normally given to recognize a pattern of extraordinary achievement, courage, and dedication in the practice of criminal law. Normally, only one Douglas Award is presented.
The benefits of joining the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers include:
Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of criminal defense lawyers in Washington which includes both WACDL members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a criminal defense attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the WACDL and other professional associations. This includes recognition for WACDL past presidents and WACDL members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the WACDL.
Use this directory to find a Washington criminal defense lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.