2020 Criminal Defense Training Academy Graduates

Criminal Defense Training Academy

OPD's Criminal Defense Training Academy was designed to strengthen public defenders by providing fundamental skills development in an interactive, supportive learning environment. Each year's class is comprised of attorneys from various corners of the state, most of whom have two or fewer years of public defense experience. Using a variety of educational methods, participants learn, develop, and apply client-centered defense advocacy skills.


To graduate from the Academy, participants must attend a minimum of four days of training. All class sessions include a combination of lecture and small group exercises.


  • 2021 Criminal Defense Training Academy Announcement [PDF]
  • OPD is no longer taking applications for the 2021 Criminal Defense Training Academy.  If you have one year or less of public defense experience and wish to be added to the wait list, please send an email request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • 2020 Course Materials


2020 Graduates:

John All   

Jordan Hamberg

Cail Musick-Slater

Sarah Stabenow

Katharine Allison

Melissa Hane

Kara Palmer

Tobin Standley

Leila Arefi-Pour

Carly Hansen

Irving Rosenberg

Owen Sutanto

Isabelle Askanas

Ben Harris

Thomas Rossback

Kirsten Svendsen

Anthony Beattie

Katie Hawkins

Eric Schuler

Ryan Usher

Amylia Brown

Sandy Jones

Jennifer Shafer

Lindsey Wheat

Nicholas George

Rebecca Lemons

Jeri Simmons

Guy Zimmerman

Lane Gullette

Kyle Madsen

Jason Smith

Paul Haggerty Kelly Murray Sarah Stabenow  











Access Washington, Official State Government Website

 Privacy | Whistleblower | Contact Us

© Copyright 2021  Washington State Office of Public Defense