Lisa Daugaard is the Supervising Attorney at the Racial Disparity Project at The Defender Association, a non-profit law firm representing indigent defendants in criminal matters in King County. She has played a leading role in developing the Law-Enforcement-Assisted Diversion program ("LEAD"), a promising new interagency collaboration designed to provide needed services to low-level offenders engaged in drug or prostitution activity.
She has represented clients in felonies and misdemeanors and has supervised the misdemeanor division at The Defender Association. In 1999, she led the successful defense of hundreds of activists falsely arrested during the WTO demonstrations. Prior to becoming a public defender in 1996, she directed the Urban Justice Center Organizing Project and was Legal Director of the Coalition for the Homeless, both in New York City. She was also a fellow at the ACLU National Legal Department, where she helped to coordinate the successful campaign and litigation to shut down the internment camp for HIV+ Haitian refugees at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.
She graduated from the University of Washington in 1983, obtained an M.A. in Government from Cornell University in 1987, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1992.