I would like to start by saying how truly blessed I am to have met all of you. I am truly grateful for the DREAM program. It has transformed my life on a level that I never thought was possible. When I started the program, you saw something in me that I did not see in myself at the time. It's kind of funny when I look back on the past few years and reflect on my experiences while in DREAM. My court case was a blessing in disguise. There is not a day that goes by where I do not think of you...READ MORE
STATEMENT BY THE OFFICE OF THE FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON ON THE KILLING OF GEORGE FLOYD
And so many more.
It is a tragically familiar pattern—a Black man, woman, or child senselessly killed by police. Desperate pleas of “I can’t breathe” ignored. Communities left in anguish by the loss of life and the absence of accountability. Law enforcement responding with unwarranted violence toward grieving communities as they come together, arms and voices raised, demanding change. This must stop.
We join those in Seattle, Tacoma and cities and towns across the country who are demanding that all human beings be treated with respect and dignity, and that Black Lives Matter.
We, in the Pacific Northwest, pride ourselves on our progressive ideals and commitment to social justice. This stated commitment to equality means nothing absent concrete action. People of color are suffering under systems of oppressions that deny their humanity and refuse them protection under the law. We see this oppression in the demographics of those incarcerated. We see it in the way law enforcement polices communities of color. We see it in the way men and women of color are treated throughout the criminal legal system.
Our criminal legal system has operated as a tool of oppression fueled by the myth of white supremacy. It is a system that controls and further marginalizes people of color. It is a system that must be forced to change. We call on law enforcement to stop racial profiling. We call on law enforcement to discontinue and disavow the use of excessive force. We call on law enforcement to stop using brutal tactics on peaceful protesters—including tear gas, “flash-bang” grenades, pepper spray, rubber bullets, tasers, and batons.
We call on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to recommit to its stated mission of holding police accountable for abuses of power. We call on both the DOJ and the United States Attorney’s Office to publicly recognize the damaging impacts institutionalized discrimination, mass incarceration, and white supremacy have on people and communities of color. We ask that they acknowledge that racism, bias, and targeted policing have created a culture of violence, oppression, and inequality within the criminal legal system.
We call on ourselves to recognize that as individuals we each have our own personal work to do as well. As a defense community, although we strive to fight to bring equality, dignity, and compassion to our courts, we need to do more. We must aggressively call out racism and injustice wherever and whenever we encounter them. We must challenge those longstanding legal practices and traditions that perpetuate discrimination and inequality.
Working for this community is both a privilege and an honor. We recognize that with that privilege comes a duty to fight against racism, white supremacy, and inequality in all forms. It is our sincere hope that individuals, organizations, and institutions in Seattle, Tacoma, the Pacific Northwest and beyond will join us as we meet this responsibility with determination.
We can do better. We must do better.
You and your team at the Federal Public Defender have performed far above and beyond the call of duty.READ MORE
Giving earnest thanks is daunting. One hopes the words chosen conveys all the sincerity. When I was arrested in the summer of 2015, I was thrust into a black hole and spiraled ever downward. My active mind went dormant and my existence became meaningless. Self-loathing, self-pity, and self-destruction became the order of business. Then something remarkable happened; I became your client. Because of you, I gained a safe haven, a voice, a coat of armor, and hope. Right from the start, you re-...READ MORE
The work you did for me shows you really care and that the defense team has a heart and this is not just a job.READ MORE
To my attorney: Thank you again for your hard work and working extra hard to ensure our success.READ MORE
Attorney- A special thank you for all your help over the years. I know it's your job, but it's my life- and I feel you went above and beyond and I just want to express my appreciation.READ MORE
Dear my attorney- I am writing this letter to you to express my most sincere thanks for the most professional representation. You have stuck by me through the years in dealing with this very stressful case. I admire your composure, work ethic and most of all excellent representation. I feel I have won my life back because of you despite the circumstances. G.K. Chesterton once said, 'I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of though, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder...READ MORE
Attorney- Thank you for all your efforts in my husband's case and assisting me during this time. It was a pleasure meeting you and thank you for being so nice to our family. Good luck with all your cases. Take care.READ MORE
My internship at the FPD allowed me, as an undergraduate, to step into the legal field. It gave me the access to trial preparations, hands on legal work experience, field work, organization of cases, and client representation practice. Overall, the internship allowed me to work with a wonderful staff and begin to think like a federal public defender. I am certain, upon reflection, that this internship has made me more compassionate, patient, understanding and an educated citizen. I cannot...READ MORE
Hi Attorney- We just wanted to thank you, not only for your hard work, but for believing in your client. I believe if the justice system had more attorneys like you, there would be more success stories to talk about. TK is doing great and I believe he will continue to do so- you made it possible for him to stay on the right path and make something of himself that he can be proud of. You helped our family stay together and for that- we thank you. You're a great attorney and a compassionate...READ MORE
Dear Defender: For about 18 months, I have been respresented by an attorney at your office, as well as by two paralegals. I want to advise you about my dealings with the two paralegals- both have, at every opportunity, gone completely off the charts to assist me with any and all issues I have faced while in the custody of the BOP. I have never seen or dealt with anyone that could compare to these two individuals, and I hope you fully appreciate what a true treasure these team members of...READ MORE
I highly recommend spending a summer at the Federal Public Defender. The attorneys are fantastic to work with and give legal interns interesting and substantive assignments. During my summer, I worked closely with two attorneys on an appeal challenging a denial of pretrial release for an undocumented client charged with an immigration-related offense. I also worked on a variety of motions and memos on evidence suppression, sentencing, pretrial detention, restitution, federal habeas petitions...READ MORE
Thank you so much for going above and beyond! I am extremely grateful for all of your help and bearing with me through everything!READ MORE
Dear Attorney- I write today to express my gratitude for your help- thank you. I can only hope your reflections of me can be seen by others. I truly appreciate that you take the time to talk to me.READ MORE
Greetings Defender, I humbly and respectfully forward this correspondence, extending my appreciation and gratitude to my attorney. My attorney has been very informative, knowledgable, professional and forward thinking. Although there has been times where our ideals, approach and views were not in accordance, my attorney has always sought to provide me with the best information and full understanding of the law, federal rules of appellate procedure and the standard set forth by way of the...READ MORE
Hello Sir- Just wanted to say thank you for your services and hard work! I greatly appreciate it. You got me a good deal and saved me a ton of money that I didn't have. I am forever grateful. Thank you again and many blessings your way.READ MORE
I just wanted to thank my attorney for all the support. I am very grateful. I am very blessed for having her as my attorney and thank you very much for everything. God bless you.READ MORE
Everyone wants to thank me, but I tell them that it was you that made it possible... the wife and family sends a BIG THANKS!READ MORE
We are so grateful for the countless hours and all the hard work that each of you put in over the last year in order to vindicate your client. Thanks to all of you, we get to move on and put all of this behind us. What an amazing team! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!READ MORE
Thank you so much. I don't think I can ever thank you enough for your guidance and help. I am just almost in disbelief that is is finally over.READ MORE