FRANCIS ADEWALE was admitted to the Washington State Bar in June 2000. He is H. George Frederickson Honors Graduate of Eastern Washington University. Francis was born in Nigeria and was sworn in as an American citizen in 2005. He has served as Assistant Public Defender for the City of Spokane, since May 2001. He is one of the attorneys that helped establish Spokane Community Court. Francis is 2013 recipient of City of Spokane Human Rights Award, and 2014 Spokane County Bar Association Smithmoore P. Myers Professionalism Award and 2017 recipient of the WACDL President’s Award.
Do you know that 10 million misdemeanor cases are filed every year? And most are for quality of life, low level crimes like trespass, and crime of homelessness compare to 1 million felonies filed every year? Do you also know that majority of misdemeanor offenders are often serving life sentence “20-30 days at a time”? Why? Because these individuals have nowhere to sleep (housing problems) addicted to drugs, suffers from severe mental health or adverse childhood experiences. His talk will expound on a unique program that seeks to address this problem by moving people out of jail into housing, treatment, social services, reduce ER usage, while participants give back to the community through community service.