La Mer Kyle-Griffiths

Adjunct Professor


Seattle University School of Law
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090


JD, University of Dayton School of Law
BA with Honors in Sociology, University of Kentucky


La Mer Kyle-Griffiths is the Training Director for the King County Department of Public Defense. She is responsible for designing, organizing, and facilitating in-house trainings for all staff. Before joining DPD, she practiced for over 17 years as part of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy and in the Roxbury office of the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Boston, MA. In Kentucky, she litigated at all levels of criminal practice including a capital trial and arguments before the Kentucky Supreme court. While in Boston she was with the Youth Advocacy Division, which actively practices holistic juvenile representation based on the Positive Youth Development model.

Over the past 15 years, she has taught law students, attorneys, investigators, mitigation specialists, and administrative staff in the areas of trial skills, race and implicit bias, sentencing, juvenile practice, mitigation, client rapport, and DNA, among others. She has been part of the coaching team for the Boston College Mock trial team and currently coaches annually at Harvard Law School's Trial Advocacy Workshop. A lifelong public defender, she is enjoying her continuing adventure in the Pacific Northwest with Tom, her Chucks-wearing, crusading, PD husband and three girls who all learned to crow "Acquittal" early!