2014 - 4th Annual Conference on Public Defense

7.25 AV CLE Credits, including 1.25 Ethics; WSBA #372003

Addresses new Supreme Court certification rules on standards; implications of the Saintcalle decision on race bias in jury selection; civil legal issues for defendants before and after sentencing; preventing wrongful convictions based on false confessions; and a panel on reducing racial disparities in police enforcement.


Recorded:  03/07/2014
Credits:  7.25 AV CLE, including 1.25 Ethics; WSBA #372003
Length: 7:30:00

Featured Speakers:
Professor Janet Ainsworth, Justice Charles Wiggins, Anna Roberts, Jeff Robinson

The Defender Initiative's Fourth Annual Conference on Public Defense was held March 7, 2014 at Seattle University School of Law. Topics include:

  • The next steps in the implementation of the new Supreme Court certification rule on standards.
  • Discussion of the study of case weighting of misdemeanor cases.
  • The  implications of the Saintcalle decision on race bias in jury selection, with a panel including Justice Charles Wiggins, who wrote the lead opinion, Professor and former public defender Anna Roberts, the lawyer who argued Saintcalle, Lila Silverstein, and Jeff Robinson, veteran criminal defense attorney.
  • Effectively addressing clients' civil legal issues both before and after sentencing.
  • Implications of the Wilbur case, where a Federal Court decided against two Washington cities because of systemic failure to provide effective representation.
  • Keynote speaker Seattle University School of Law Professor and former public defender Janet Ainsworth on how defenders can prevent wrongful convictions caused by false confessions.
  • "New Directions in Policing to Reduce Racial Disparities in Enforcement" featuring Seattle Police Assistant Chief Jim Pugel, Reverend Harriett Walden of Mothers for Police Accountability, and Lisa Daugaard, Interim Deputy Public Defender for King County.


General Registration - $220.00

Seattle University School of Law Alumni - $180.00

AV CLE Credit is self-reported to the Washington State Bar Association, by logging into your "My WSBA" webpage, at www.mywsba.org.
For further information, please contact the WSBA Service Center at 206-443-WSBA (9722), 800-945-WSBA (9722), or questions@wsba.org.