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  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
    1 year
  2. Appeals: 30%
    1 year
  3. Juvenile: 30%
    1 year

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Po Box 222000
901 12th Ave
Seattle, WA, 98122-4411



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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Paul Robeson Peace and Justice AwardMothers for Police Accountability2007
Champion of Indigent DefenseNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2006
Gideon AwardWashington Defender Association2004
Professionalism AwardWashington State Bar Association2004
Friend of the ProfessionKing County Bar Association2000
William O. Douglas AwardWashington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers1993
Order of the CoifUniversity of Washington School of Law1991
Reginald Heber Smith AwardNational Legal Aid and Defender Association1987
John Henry Wigmore KeyNorthwestern University School of Law1973
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Professor from PracticeSeattle University School Of Law2007 - Present
Defender DirectorThe Defender Association1978 - 2006
Association NamePosition NameDuration
City of SeattleMayor’s Chief of Police Selection Committee2010 - 2010
Washington State Bar AssociationCouncil on Public Defense2009 - Present
City of SeattleSeattle Mayor's Police Accountability Review Panel,Vice Chair.2007 - 2008
City of SeattleCity Council Citizen Task Force on Racial Profiling2001 - 2002
King CountyPublic Defense Study Oversight Committee member1999 - 2003
Washington Minority and Justice CommissionMember1991 - Present
Washington State Minority and Justice CommissionMember, Technical Support then Commission1991 - Present
Washington Defender AssociationPresident1983 - 2003
American Bar AssociationMember Indigent Defense Advisory GroupN/A
Publication NameTitleDate
Louisville (KY) Courier Journal"The Right to a Lawyer",2013
Seattle TimesCaseload limits a win for public defenders, clients — and justice2012
Seattle Journal of Social JusticeFifty Years After Gideon: It is Long Past Time to provide lawyers for misdemeanor defendants who cannot afford to hire their own2012
King County Bar Bulletin“State Supreme Court Issues Historic Order on Defender Standards”,2012
Knoxville News SentinelCitizen's Voice: Public defenders underfunded in Tennessee2010
American Constitution SocietyDiverting and Reclassifying Misdemeanors2010
Minor Crimes, Massive Waste NACDLMinor Crimes, Massive Waste2009
Seattle Post Intelligencer“Anniversary of Gideon case spotlights right to court appointed attorney”,2003
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northwestern University School of LawN/AN/A1973
Kenyon CollegeN/AN/A1970
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Harvard Law School October 11, 2013Gideon’s Promise and Peril: Meeting the Mandate for Indigent Defense -Development of Standards in Washington State2013
Louisville Bar FoundationThe Right to Counsel: Why It’s Important and How It Serves the Interests of all the Stakeholders in the Criminal Justice System and How to save taxpayer money with misdemeanor diversion programs,2012
Washington District and Municipal Judges Annual conferenceCrRLJ 4.1, The Right to Counsel, and the Impact on Court Budgets2011
KY Department of Public Advocacy annual conferenceMisdemeanor right to Counsel in Kentucky is in need of attention2011
Washington State Office of Public Defense, Gonzaga School of Law, Spokane, Washington,“Caseload Management-- Ethics and Practice Impacts of State v. A.N.J.”,2010
Korematsu Center Launch EventObservations on Law and the Holocaust and Contemporary American Criminal Justice”,2009
KCBA Ethics ConferenceEthics in Criminal Law Practice”2009
Annual conference Oregon Criminal Defense LawyersLessons Learned: Achieving and Maintaining High Lawyer Performance and Satisfaction”,2008
Washington Judicial ConferencePreventing Conviction of Innocent Persons2003
National Partnership MeetingMinorities in the Criminal Justice System: Addressing Over-representation”,1999
International Legal Aid ConferenceALessons from the United States Experience1999
Washington Judicial Conference,"Judicial Independence"1997
Annual conference National Legal Aid and Defender AssociationLeading Through Times of Change and Transition1997