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Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL)

About the WACDL


  • Founded: 1987
  • Focus: Criminal Defense
  • Executive Director: Amy Hirotaka
  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Website: www.wacdl.org
  • President: Larry Jefferson
  • OrgType: Nonprofit 501(c)(3)

Mission and History

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). 



Board of Directors

Larry Jefferson
Larry Jefferson
Olympia, WA
Robin C Emmans
Vice President/East
Yakima, WA
Sarah Jerbert Perez
Vice President/West
Seattle, WA

Past Presidents

Christopher Robert Black
Seattle, WA
Patricia Ann Fulton
Walla Walla, WA
Amy Irene Muth
Seattle, WA

William O. Douglas Award Recipients

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. 

Lila Silverstein
Lila Silverstein
Seattle, WA
Mark W Muenster
Vancouver, WA
John Strait
John Strait
Seattle, WA

WACDL Members Active on Lawyer Legion

Scott Emmett Wonder
Goddard Wetherall Wonder PSC
Bellevue, WA
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Kurt Edward Boehl
Law Office of Kurt E. Boehl, PLLC
Seattle, WA
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Joel Phillip Nichols
Deno Millikan Law Firm, PLLC
Everett, WA
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Sean Patricio Cecil
Law Office of Sean P. Cecil
Raleigh, NC
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Mark W Muenster
Law Office of Mark W. Muenster
Vancouver, WA
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Matthew Robert White
South Sound Law Group
Tacoma, WA
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Contact the WACDL

Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL)
1511 3rd Avenue Suite 503
Seattle, WA 98101
Office: (206) 623-1302
Fax: (206) 623-4257

More About the WACDL

Benefits of Membership

For lawyers practicing in Washington, the benefits of joining the WACDL include:

  • Listing on the WACDL website designed with a "Find an Attorney" membership directory;
  • Discounted rates to attend Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars;
  • Publications such as the Washington Criminal Defense magazine and the DUI practice email newsletter;
  • Manuals on important criminal defense topics;
  • Online legal document library;
  • Online database of expert witnesses;
  • Email discussion groups, each with a different focus, including DUI, state court, federal court or post-conviction motions;
  • Resource panel;
  • Assistance from the "three strikes" task force or the forfeiture task force; and
  • Mentoring program.

Directory of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Washington

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.

Criminal Defense Lawyers by County


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