First Annual Defender Initiative Conference on Public Defense

Seattle, Washington
Friday, February 25, 2011


First Annual Defender Initiative Conference on Public Defense
This Program is Sold Out

First Annual Defender Initiative Conference on Public Defense
Friday, February 25, 2011 8:30 AM - 7:15 PM (Pacific Time)

Seattle University School of Law
Sullivan Hall
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98122
United States

8:00am - 8:30am Registration, Coffee, Tea & Breakfast Breads
8:30am - 5:15pm Program
5:15pm - 7:15pm Reception

Full lunch and afternoon snacks with beverage service provided
Course Materials will be emailed prior to program

Course Summary

Presented by Seattle University School of Law with Video Link to University of Mississippi School of Law. Supported in part by a grant from the Foundation to Promote Open Society and The Korematsu Center.

Moderated by Robert C. Boruchowitz Director, The Defender Initiative, Professor from Practice, Seattle University School of Law.

Agenda and Course Materials (Course Materials Are Not Printed, Please Download, Save and/or Print for Note-Taking)

8:00 a.m.   Registration and coffee/tea

8:30 a.m.   Introduction—Dean Mark Niles

8:45 a.m.  The Shaky Implementation of the Right to Counsel in Misdemeanor Courts and how Diversion Can Help 
Professor Bob Boruchowitz, Seattle University School of Law; Professor Tucker Carrington, Director, Mississippi Innocence Project, University of Mississippi School of Law; Vanessa Gregory, Freelance Journalist; and Mary Muramatsu, Spokane City Prosecutor   

Minor Crimes, Massive Waste, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, April 2009  

Diverting and Reclassifying Misdemeanors Could Save $1 Billion per Year: Reducing the Need For and Cost of Appointed Counsel, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, December 2010 

Indefensible by Vanessa Gregory, American Prospect, January 2011 

Diversion for Relicensing, Spokane City Prosecutor

Seattle Times Editorial February 20, 2011

You (might) have a right to a lawyer ...’ July 2010 King County Bar Bulletin

Washington RULE CrRLJ 3.1 RIGHT TO AND ASSIGNMENT OF LAWYER To take effect September 2011 

10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m.  How to Deal with Racial Disparity and Race Bias in Your Everyday Practice
Lisa Daugaard, Deputy Director and Director of The Racial Disparity Project, The Defender Association;  and Anita Khandelwal, Staff Attorney, The Defender Association   

Racial Disparity Outline by Lisa Daugaard and Anita Khandelwal

High Crime Area Question

11:15 a.m.  How Client-Centered Representation Can Save Lawyer Time 
Cynthia Skow, Chief Social Worker, The Defender Association; and Kristin Shotwell, Staff Attorney, The Defender Association

Client Centered Lawyering

Active Listening

NYDA Client Centered Standards

Recommended Reading

12:15 p.m. Lunch
Professor Robert Chang, Director Korematsu Center, Seattle University School of Law
Guest Speaker Tom Hillier,  Federal Defender

1:30 p.m. Lessons Learned From Grant County Systemic Litigation on Ineffective Assistance of Counsel—is this Kind of Litigation a practical tool for systemic reform?
Dave Taylor Plaintiff’s Counsel on the Grant County Case; Beth Colgan, Columbia Legal Services; Emily Chiang, University of Utah School of Law Professor; and Nancy Talner, ACLU-Washington

Cuts to public defenders could prove costly, The Olympian, April 14, 2009 

Improving Public Defense in Washington: A Progress Report by Rafael Gonzales, WSBA Bar News, February 2007 

Panel faults county's public-defender load, The Associated Press, November 23, 2005

Lawyer will pay millions for poor job by Michelle McNiel, Staff Writer, Wenatchee World, May 13, 2010

A Well Grounded Fear by Beth Colgan

Making Gideon Real, Bar News February 2007

Demand Letter

Complaint for Injunctive Relief

Settlement Agreement

3:00 p.m.  Break

3:15 p.m.  How to use National Standards and Ethics Opinions in Your Practice
Professor Emily Chiang, University of Utah School of Law Professor and Professor Bob Boruchowitz, Seattle University School of Law

American Council of Chief Defenders Statement on Caseloads and Workloads 

American Council of Chief Defenders National Legal Aid and Defender Association Ethics Opinion 03-01 April 2003

ABA Ten Principles of a Public Defense Delivery System 

ABA Formal Opinion 06-441

ABA Eight Guidelines of Public Defense Related to Excessive Workloads

Performance Guidelines

RPC 1.1 Competence

4:15 p.m. New Washington Supreme Court Rule on Compliance With Standards—How will it affect your practice and help your clients?
Jackie McMurtrie, University of Washington Professor and Joanne Moore, Director, Innocence Project Northwest, Washington Office of Public Defense Director 

RCW 10.101.030 Standards 


Washington State Bar Association Standards for Indigent Defense Services [Draft as of February 22, 2011]

5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.— Reception Second Floor Sullivan Hall

7.5 CLE Credits, including 2.0 Ethics Approved

Additional support provided by Skellenger, Bender; Foster, Pepper; Schwabe, Williamson; and Steven Hayne.


$ 60.00 General Registration
$ 35.00 Discounted rate for those who provide public defense services
$ 30.00 Discounted rate for SU Law Alumni

Non-Profits, Gov't Entities, Firms and Groups may contact the CLE Office for group discounts by calling 206-398-4233. Group discounts must be finalized at least one week in advance of a program.

SU Law Recent Grads may contact the Alumni Office to request need-based fee waivers by emailing .  Fee waivers must be finalized at least one week in advance of a program.


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • If paying by check:  Complete the online registration information and choose pay by check option.  Please make check(s) payable to Seattle University School of Law CLE and attach or include information identifying the registrant(s) and program(s) attended. Mail to Seattle University School of Law CLE Department, Sullivan Hall, Room 200J, 901 12th Avenue, PO Box 222000 Seattle WA 98122-1090. Please call 206-398-4233 with any payment questions.

    Group Registration:  Applicable fees for all registrants in a group will be charged to the first person registered in the group as one transaction.   If different members of the group are paying individually (for example with different credit cards), individual registrations are required.

    Cancellations:  The last day to cancel for this program is 5:00pm Friday February 18, 2011.  Thereafter no refunds are permitted.  However, a substitute attendee is most welcome.

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