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“There can be no equal justice where the kind of an appeal a man enjoys depends on the amount of money he has.” Douglas v. California, 372 U.S. 353, 355 (1963).

The Washington Appellate Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to representing indigent clients appealing criminal convictions, civil commitments, or terminations of parental rights. Our attorneys have appeared in all three divisions of the Washington Court of Appeals, the Washington Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Our clients have prevailed in hundreds of cases, large and small. Four of our attorneys are among a select group of lawyers certified to handle death-penalty appeals. The director of the Washington Appellate Project, David Donnan, has been named a Super Lawyer by Washington Law & Politics Magazine and an Outstanding Mentor by the King County Bar Association.

The Washington Appellate Project is able to serve its clients well because of the depth and breadth of experience the attorneys and staff members bring to their cases. Many of our attorneys previously worked as trial public defenders, and several are former civil practitioners or judicial law clerks. Some of our lawyers also bring experience from other professions in both the private and public sectors. Our attorneys are graduates of Ivy League colleges and law schools, as well as other top universities in Washington and around the country. The Washington Appellate Project consists of lawyers who are licensed to practice in Washington, California, and New York.

All Washington Appellate Project lawyers are members of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Washington Defender Association. Our attorneys also work with Legal Voice and the American Civil Liberties Union to promote justice across the state. The Washington Appellate Project is committed to vigorously defending the Constitution and enforcing individual rights.

Thank you for visiting our website. This site is for informational purposes only. Our mission is to represent indigent appellants through our contract with the State of Washington, so unfortunately we are not available for private hire.