Amelia S. Watson, JD

Ms. Watson has been a managing attorney with the Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) Parents Representation Program (PRP) since 2006.  Prior to joining OPD, Ms. Watson worked for the Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel representing parents in dependency and termination of parental rights proceedings under the PRP Pilot.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. Ms. Watson is a founding member of the National Alliance for Parent Representation of the ABA Center of Children and the Law; a founding stakeholder advisor of the Washington State Parent Ally Committee and an advisory member of the Washington State Children’s Justice Task Force.   In 2012, Ms. Watson’s article A New Focus on Reasonable Efforts to Reunify was published in the Child Law Practice by the ABA Center on Children and Law. In her free time, Ms. Watson enjoys hiking, cooking and playing with her cockapoo Charlie.


D-14 - Under a Microscope: Experiencing the Court-Ordered Parent Child Relationship