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Resources for Members
Defense News
WDTL’s quarterly newsletter provides information about Association activities and seminars, a Judicial Profile column, member news, job listings, expert witness and legal brief requests, reports on local bar rules and committee reports from WDTL.

Member Meetings
WDTL sponsors  one-hour (brown bag) CLE programs on current case law or developments and member luncheons.

Substantive Committees/Sections
If your defense practice has a focus like insurance, products liability, workers compensation, appellate work or professional malpractice, you can join one of WDTL’s committees/sections and network with the other top specialists in your field.

Young Lawyers Committee
You’ve passed the bar, you’ve got a job, and you’ve joined some organizations. Now what? WDTL has a Young Lawyers Committee for members who have practiced less than seven years to share common concerns and ideas for issues that are particular to their level of practice. This is a great way to meet other defense lawyers who are new bar members, and to tap into the knowledge of the more experienced defense lawyers who are WDTL members.

Amicus Program
WDTL’s Amicus Committee is regularly encouraged to file Amicus Briefs in both the Washington Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. As opposed to other groups, WDTL’s brief writers are working on a pro bono basis, seeking only the best legal position without influence or bias.

WDTL Website - Members-Only Content
Gain access to a password secured members-only area of our website. You’ll find a complete Membership Directory, a list of all WDTL Amicus briefs, legislative updates, expert witness email list serv, Practice Development Committee and CLE information.

Annual Summer Convention
Each summer, members and their families meet for three days of fun and education at a resort location. Past conventions have been held at Semi-Ah-Moo, Whistler, Skamania, Lake Chelan and Coeur d’Alene.

Legislative Support
WDTL provides testimony to the State Legislature on issues that impact the defense lawyer and the rights of all people and organizations who are sued in court. WDTL has a lobbyist to advance our positions on legal issues in the legislature.

Court Rules and Jury Instructions
WDTL members sit on the WSBA Court Rules Committee as well as the Supreme Court’s Jury Instruction Committee to represent the defense perspective.

Judicial Recognition
Each year WDTL hosts a Member Reception in Seattle, Tacoma and Sokane to show our support for the judiciary. In 1996, WDTL formed a non-profit foundation to raise money for the court system.

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Belong to a 750 member statewide association of civil defense litigators who:
  1. Have access to an expert witness list serve for immediate responses to your questions.
  2. Join Law Section list serves to communicate quickly and directly with others who practice in your field. Law Section list serves include: Construction, Employment, Worker’s Compensation, Insurance and Product Liability.
  3. Get reduced rates at seminars on trial tactics, auto defense, insurance law, product liability, professionalism, construction law, ethics, commercial litigation and more…
  4. Participate in the legislative process to advance the rights of all people and organizations who are sued in court.

Benefits of WDTL Membership

WDTL is committed to helping our over 700 members elevate their civil defense practice through:

  • Professional networking opportunities including four regional judicial receptions and events to support our diverse, women and developing attorneys;
  • Timely continuing legal education programs specialized to our members' practices including monthly complimentary "brown bags";
  • Committed advocacy in legislative and appellate matters important to our members;
  • Quarterly newsletter that provides updates on hot and emerging topics to keep our members up to date;
  • Access to an engaging and useful listserve to share and gain information with fellow members; and
  • Collegiality, professionalism and fun!