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
Our Office's Commitment to Racial Justice
Watching George Floyd’s murder in late May 2020 —hearing a terrified human being beg for his life before falling silent beneath the weight of a uniformed knee—the callous brutality was plain. Confronted by the stark reality of his murder and understanding that Derek Chauvin’s knee was only one of many knees, fists, batons, and bullets that have brutalized Black bodies and stolen Black lives, the nation seemed ready to finally say “enough.” Chants that “Black lives matter” rang out through streets in large cities and small towns alike; politicians discussed meaningful reform to the criminal legal system; and for a moment we held our breath and hoped that Gianna Floyd was right to exclaim: “my daddy changed the world!” Many hoped that we might finally be ready to look honestly at the violence and terror that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) face every single day, and address the institutional racism embedded so deeply in our country.
But entrenched racism does not give up easily. Waves of backlash against calls for racial justice have since swelled across the country. We must push back. We must be vigilant. We must insist upon changing the world.
While Seattle, Tacoma, and many other communities within the Western District of Washington consider themselves progressive on issues related to racial justice, we have no reason to be complacent. Deep and persistent racial injustice has plagued us for decades. See our Race and Equity page for examples.
This nation has the power to remedy racial injustice—the question is whether we will summon the courage and conviction necessary to create meaningful change. At the Federal Public Defender, we commit ourselves to continuing to fight alongside our clients with courage and tenacity. We commit ourselves to continue to look internally for ways we can make our practice more equitable, impactful, and compassionate.
While we will never be deterred from fighting hard for our clients each and every day, we are also clear-eyed about the limits of individual-case advocacy to bring about systemic change. We call upon the United States Attorney’s Office and the Court, both of which have immense discretion and power to effect change, to join us in this open and honest introspection, and bring their power to bear through concrete actions addressing the obvious racial bias in our criminal legal system.
ALL OF US 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
Dear Attorney- This is my best Thanksgiving in 8 years. Thank you for making that possibleREAD MORE