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Profile / Anne Daly

Inspiring Lawyers, Leading Change

By Jana Heyd


Anne Daly, the incoming president of the King County Bar Association for 2013–14, is a nationally respected leader in the indigent-defense system and is well recognized for her innovative work in reforming public defense. She brings this experience and wisdom to her role as the new KCBA president.

Daly is the executive director at Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (SCRAP), one of the four private, nonprofit agencies that have provided public defense services in King County, having served in this role since 1999. Daly previously served as a staff attorney and supervisor in the agency and has been at SCRAP since 1989.

Daly is working diligently with the other public defense directors to ensure a responsible transition of public defense in King County from the private to the municipal sector, and to ensure that public defense maintains its commitment to the ABA Ten Principles and remains a holistic, client-focused practice.

Along with her duties with SCRAP, Daly has served the KCBA for many years, beginning in 2001 as a member of the Judicial Screening Committee. Daly served as secretary/trustee on the Board of Trustees from 2006–09 and was elected as second vice president in 2011, leading to her succession to the president's position on July 1. Among her volunteer service, Daly has worked with KCBA's Future of the Law Institute and the Housing Justice Project, and has served as a volunteer attorney for persons with HIV/AIDS.

Her other posts have included serving as the president of the Washington Defender Association from 2003–06 and again from 2009–10. She continues to serve as a WDA board member. She was a member of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Indigent Defense in 2003–04 and has served on the Washington State Bar Committee on Public Defense/Performance Standards and Education Subcommittee since 2005.

Daly has been a member of the American Council of Chief Defenders (ACCD) since 2000 and is a member of the Defender Policy Group (DPG). Both groups are national defender organizations under the umbrella of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA). Daly has participated in the Brennan Center of Justice Community Oriented Defender Program, based at NYU School of Law, since 2006, and attended the 2002 ACCD meeting with former Attorney General Janet Reno.

Daly originally intended to attend medical school, with a future career as a pediatrician in mind. However, after a semester of calculus, organic chemistry and physics, she decided to pursue an undergraduate degree in business. Armed with eventual degrees in business and psychology, Daly embarked upon a difficult Seattle job market.

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