Program Overview

The Criminal Defense Training Academy (CDTA) is specifically designed for attorneys who are new to public defense. Sessions will include both lectures and highly interactive exercises designed to develop the fundamental skills required to represent indigent defendants in adult criminal cases. For example, we will practice interviewing difficult clients, cross examining law enforcement officers, and making objections at trial. 

This year’s CDTA will take place in two parts. Part I will be held virtually October 7-8 via live webinar sessions. Part II will take place in-person* at Spokane Community College (SCC) on November 3-5. The cost to participate in all four days of training will be $125.00, which includes lunch on Nov 4-5 and a training T-shirt. Travel arrangements and expenses are not included and will be your responsibility.
 
Submitting this application does not guarantee you a spot in the training. The CDTA has a competitive application process, and only 36 applicants will be selected to participate. If you are selected to attend, the link to register and pay will be emailed to you directly. All Washington attorneys working in public defense are welcome to apply, but selection priority will be given to those who are:
  1. New to public defense practice;
  2. From geographic locations that typically lack local CLE opportunities; and
  3. Committed to engaging in an interactive learning environment.
 
Schedule

CDTA Part I (virtual):
Friday, October 7, 9AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday, October 8, 9 AM - 4:30 PM

CDTA Part II (in-person* at SCC):
Thursday, November 3, 1:30 - 4:30 PM
Friday, November 4, 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday, November 5, 9 AM - 4:30 PM
 
Graduation

We will apply for 25-30 CLE credits, including ethics. All participants who complete the program will receive a CDTA certificate, be listed among the graduating class of 2021 on www.opd.wa.gov, and receive a program t-shirt. 

Safety Protocols/Policies

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result (within 72 hours of the start of the session) will be required to attend the in-person training portion. There may be additional safety requirements. We will follow all applicable federal, state and local guidelines and will implement social distancing. If it is deemed unsafe to gather in person, the in-person sessions will be replaced with live, virtual webinars.

**SPACE IS LIMITED. Selections will be made on a rolling basis until the cap of 36 attorneys is reached, so apply early. We may not be able to accommodate all requests to attend. We will notify all applicants about the status of their acceptance by September 6th. 

Questions? 

Contact Leanne Stogsdill, she/her (Leanne.Stogsdill@opd.wa.gov) or Lindsey Townsend, she/her (Lindsey.Townsend@opd.wa.gov).

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* 1. Name:

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* 2. WSBA Bar Number:

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* 3. Postal address:

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* 4. Email address:

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* 5. I work in:

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* 6. My practice is:

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* 7. Describe your current caseload including case types, and private pay vs. public defense cases (e.g., In a year I get approx 200 public defense cases at Springfield Municipal Court. I also typically get 1-2 private pay felonies per month. I sometimes take family law cases):

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* 8. Court(s) in which I receive public defense appointments (please specify city or county name):

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* 9. Number of years I've practiced law:

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* 10. Number of years I have had public defense cases:

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* 11. Describe why you are interested in attending the Criminal Defense Training Academy, and what you hope to do with what you learn:

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