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2019 Community-Oriented Defender (COD) Network Conference 
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Francis Adewale

Office of the Public Defender
Assistant Public Defender
Spokane WA
Francis Adewale is one of the attorneys who helped establish Spokane Community Court. He has served as chair of Refugee Connections Spokane and co-chair of Spokane Homeless Coalition. He currently serves as co-chair of the Spokane County Regional Law & Justice Council’s Racial Equity Disparity Subcommittee. He was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to a three-year term as member of the Washington Statewide Reentry Council in 2016. Francis is an H. George Frederickson Honors Graduate of Eastern Washington University and was admitted to the Washington State Bar in June 2000. Francis was born in southwest Nigeria. He has served as assistant public defender for the City of Spokane since May 2001. In addition to his work as city public defender, Francis serves on several community-based boards. He is currently vice president of JustLead Washington, a fellow of the Washington State Bar Association Leadership Institute (WLI), and a fellow of the ATJ Equal Justice Leadership Academy. He is a member of the executive committee of the Access to Justice Board and Washington State Interpreters Commission. Francis is a recipient of the City of Spokane Human Rights Award and the Spokane County Bar Association Smithmoore P. Myers Professionalism Award.