The Defender Initiative 8th Annual Conference on Public Defense: Defenders—Effecting Change, for Clients and for the Courts

6.5 Law and Legal CLE Credits | WSBA Activity ID#1070007

Public Defense in Washington has made enormous strides over the past decades but many challenges remain as well as new challenges emerging. The Defender Initiative Conference on Public Defense is an important opportunity for defenders and public defense advocates to review cutting edge proposals and gain inspiration from the keynote speaker, Jeff Robinson, former defender.


Recorded:  03/09/2018
Credits:  6.5 Law and Legal CLE | WSBA Activity ID#1070007
Length: 6 hours, 37 minutes

Featured Speakers:
Jeff Robinson, Robert Boruchowitz, Judge Teresa Doyle, Kyana Givens, Lauren McClane

The 8th Annual Conference on Public Defense addresses the most current developments and ideas for reform, including change in bail and pre-trial release practices,  ending implicit racial bias in jury selection, and development of alternatives to traditional prosecution and sentencing. The program includes a session on tools for making a strong record for appeal, and a discussion of national events relating to caseload and effective representation. This conference is of interest to defenders in Washington and around the nation. 

Thank you to the our sponsors Aoki Law and Pacifica Law Group for their generous contributions that made possible some partial scholarships to defenders.


8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Registration and Coffee Service

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.


Annette Clark, Dean, Seattle University School of Law

8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Big Lawsuits and "Small" Crimes: National and State Developments

Robert C. Boruchowitz, Professor from Practice and Director of the Defender Initiative, Seattle University School of Law

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

How Defenders Can Challenge Money Bail and Detaining Poor People Pre-Trial

Justin Bingham, Spokane City Prosecutor 
Jaime Hawk, ACLU-Washington

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. - 12 Noon

Trying Cases and Making Motions with an Eye Toward Appeal

Amy Parker, ACA Division of King County DPD

Travis Stearns, Washington Appellate Project

Sara Taboada, Washington Appellate Project

12 Noon

Lunch (2nd Floor Gallery)


Lori Bannai, Professor of Lawyering Skills and Director, Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality

12:20 - 1:20 p.m.

Keynote Address

Jeff Robinson, Deputy Legal Director National ACLU and Director, Trone Center for Justice

1:20 - 1:45 p.m.


1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Juror Implicit Bias: The Race-Conscious, Not Color-Blind Approach

Judge Theresa Doyle, King County Superior Court

Kyana Givens, Assistant Federal Defender

2:45 - 3:00 p.m.


3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Alternative sentencing, diversion and restorative justice

Anita Khandelwal, Policy Director, King County Department of Public Defense 
Martina Kartman, Soros Justice Fellow, Public Defender Association

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Being Creative and Effective with Expert Witnesses-How to Find, Pay, Prepare, and Get Them Admitted

Lauren McLane, DNA Staff Attorney, Innocence Project Northwest

5:00 p.m.

Evaluations and Adjourn


Program Chair

Robert C. Boruchowitz, Professor from Practice and Director of the Defender Initiative, Seattle University School of Law

Professor Robert C. Boruchowitz is Director of The Defender Initiative at Seattle University School of Law. He was Director of King County's Defender Association for 28 years. He founded the Defender's Racial Disparity Project. He has appeared at every level of state and federal court. He has been an expert witness in systemic denial of counsel litigation and in excessive defender caseload cases. He was co-investigator on a study of the costs of seeking the death penalty. He was lead researcher and co-author of "Minor Crimes, Massive Waste--The Terrible Toll of America's Broken Misdemeanor Courts." He is working on a Justice Department funded project with the Sixth Amendment Center to improve public defense in several states. He developed a seminar and a clinic on Right to Counsel and taught in the Youth Advocacy Clinic and criminal procedure courses. He developed a seminar on Law and the Holocaust and the Abuse of Executive Power. He wrote a paper for the American Constitution Society on diverting and reclassifying misdemeanors. He wrote an article for Seattle Journal for Social Justice on the right to counsel in misdemeanors. As founding president of Washington Defender Association and a founding member of the American Council of Chief Defenders, he has been instrumental in developing defender standards. As a Soros Senior Fellow and with a grant from the Foundation to Promote Open Society, he worked on right to counsel in four states. He has received numerous awards including the NACDL Champion of Indigent Defense Award.


General Registration - $195

Seattle University School of Law Alumni - $165