What do I do if I feel that my public defender has not met his/her responsibilities, or if I have other concerns?

If you are concerned with the conduct of your public defender, please  use the contact information below to report your concern.  In your  correspondence, please provide your name and case number, and  specifically identify the issues that are creating your concern.  You  may email, mail, or personally deliver your correspondence to:


 Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel
 Attn: Michael Kawamura
 949 Market Street, Suite 334
 Tacoma, WA 98402
 (253) 798-6062

Email Michael Kawamura


Additional information about lawyer conduct is available at the Washington State Bar Association webpage

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7. What do I do if I feel that my public defender has not met his/her responsibilities, or if I have other concerns?