The Defender Initiative Will Hold its Fifth Annual Conference on Public Defense
MARCH 06, 2015 | 7.5 GENERAL WASHINGTON STATE CLE CREDITS, PENDING
Washington’s Supreme Court has fully implemented its first in the country court rule on defender standards, including caseload limits. The recent historic Federal Court order requiring two Washington cities to improve their public defense system has had ripple effects across the state and nationally. Across the country, New York State settled a lawsuit against it and agreed to improve public defense services in five counties, contributing millions of dollars to do so. This conference will address these issues as well as re-entry, diversion, implicit bias, and how lawyers can help their clients with post-sentencing issues. The keynote address will be by Frankie Guzman, a juvenile justice attorney at the National Center for Youth Law, Oakland, California who advocates for alternative sentencing for young offenders. Mr. Guzman served six years in the California Youth Authority before going to college and graduating from UCLA Law School.
This seminar will be available by webcast for those unable to attend in person in Seattle.