Third Annual Conference on Public Defense

Friday, March 8, 2013 at Seattle University School of Law

Program:  Sullivan Hall Room C5

Lunch: 2nd Floor Gallery

7.25 CLE Credits

Registration site

Conference Video: Part I and Part II 


CLE course materials.   (On the site, under CLE Materials, click on the document title to gain access to specific material.)

8:00 a.m.

Coffee service and breakfast breads; CLE sign in.

8:30 a.m. Welcome
Remarks by Mark Niles, Dean of Seattle University School of Law
Bob Boruchowitz, Director, Defender Initiative, Seattle University School of Law
8:45 a.m. Reflections on Gideon 50 Years Later
Bob Ferguson, Attorney General, State of Washington
9:00 a.m. Pleading the Sixth:  Why Prosecutors Need Public Defenders
Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecuting Attorney, Seattle, Washington
9:15 a.m. Misdemeanors 41 Years after Argersinger - Guiding Hand of Counsel in the Gateway to Justice
Bob Boruchowitz, Director, Defender Initiative, Seattle University School of Law
9:45 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. What State Defenders Can Learn from the Federal Defender Practice
Tom Hillier, Federal Public Defender, Seattle, Washington
Anita Khandelwal, Staff Attorney, Federal Public Defender
Nancy Tenney, Staff Attorney, Federal Public Defender
11:00 a.m. Gideon at Fifty Years: Do We Dare Celebrate?
Norm Lefstein, Professor of Law, and Dean Emeritus Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
12:00 p.m. Lunch at the Second Floor Gallery
12:30 p.m. Gideon at 50 - Golden Anniversary or Mid-Life Crisis?
Kim Taylor-Thompson, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
1:45 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. The Undersigned Attorney Hereby Certifies - The Washington Supreme Court Rule on Standards and its Implications
Marc Boman, Moderator; Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
Honorable Susan Owens, Justice for the Washington State Supreme Court
Honorable Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Justice for the Washington State Supreme Court
Joanne Moore, Director, Washington Office of Public Defense
3:00 p.m. Break
3:10 p.m. Where We Are on Racial Disparity and Race Bias in 2013
John Diaz, Seattle Police Chief
Lisa Daugaard, Deputy Director, Defender Association
Connie Rice, Co-directorof teh Advancement Project
4:15 p.m. Challenges to Public Defender Structure and Historical Perspectives
Anne Daly, Director, Society of Counsel
Eileen Farley, Director, Northwest Defender Association
Dan Fessler, Director of the Yakima County Department of Assigned Counsel
Don Madsen, Director, Associated Counsel for the Accused
Floris Mikkelsen, Director of The Defender Association
John Rodgers, Spokane County Public Defender
5:15 p.m. End of the Conference

In conjunction with this conference, the Seattle Journal for Social Justice will highlight issues relating to Gideon and public defense in its upcoming Spring 2013 publication. Materials from the conference as well as supplementary notes from prominent community members will be included in this edition. For information about the Seattle Journal for Social Justice, including how to order issues, please visit

Registration fees

$150 General Admission
$100 Employed by Non-Profit or Gov't Entity
$95 Seattle University Alumni
$65 Webinar participant, please note the times are in the Pacific time zone. Instructions and link will be provided on the registration form.
$65 UW and Gonzaga student
$0 Faculty and students