Defense Services

Mission: Swinomish Defense Services provides diligent, zealous, and respectful client-centered legal representation at all stages of criminal proceedings in Swinomish Tribal Court.

To explore alternatives to a retribution-based criminal justice system and work to mitigate the economic and social impacts of the criminal justice system on the community.

To provide information to the community about constitutional rights and responsibilities.


If you are charged with a crime in Swinomish Tribal Court, you are entitled to an attorney to help you defend your case.

How do I qualify for the public defender?

Does the public defender handle any civil cases?

Defense Services


Laurence Blakely, Public Defender
(360) 708.4493


11406 Moorage Way
La Conner, WA 98257


Mon-Wed | 8-6 PM
Thurs |
8-5:30 PM