Detroit / Wayne County

Criminal Advocacy Program

Continuing to Improve
The Criminal Justice System

Anatomy of a Case - Video Tour of Frank Murphy Hall of Justice
Presented by: Susan F. Reed   (also view Guide to the Practice of Criminal Law in Wayne County PDF Format)

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Please Read: Third Circuit Court of Michigan - Criminal Division Attorney Eligibility Criteria

The Detroit/Wayne County Criminal Advocacy Program (CAP) was established in 1983 for the purpose of developing, expanding, and maintaining high professional standards of representation in felony cases. This year's program plans to:

  • Improve the professional knowledge and skills of all persons who are involved in the administration of the criminal justice system;
  • Educate the bench, bar and public of the need for quality and integrity in prosecution and defense representation;
  • Promote ideas concerning alternatives to the present criminal justice system;
  • Guard against erosion of the rights established by constitutional, statutory, case and other law governing the administration of the criminal system; and
  • Publish, record, and distribute written, video-taped and audio-taped materials pertinent to the administration of the criminal justice system.

The individual sessions have been designed and developed under the joint auspices of judges, members of the private bar, police, prosecutors and defense attorneys. While the training is directed primarily to assigned and retained counsel, other professionals involved in the criminal justice system will also find the seminars a valuable continuing education resource.

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The content, design, development and coordination of this training seminar has been made possible through the donated time and in-kind contributions of criminal justice practitioners. Funding of the training is provided by the practicing indigent defense bar of Wayne County Circuit Court and the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, through a grant administered by the State Appellate Defender Office.

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Schedule of 2016-17 CAP Seminars

CLE credits are now 1.5 hours per session.

2016-17 Make Up Schedule

Client Interviews
Friday, August 26, 2016, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

The initial client interview is the time to establish the trust and confidence that is critical to the attorney-client relationship. This session will cover best practices for conducting early interviews, and includes checklists for information that needs to be gathered during the first discussion with your client. The session will also detail how to use the information obtained to begin to investigate the case, how to navigate collateral consequences for your clients and encourage holistic representation.

Moderator: Marla McCowan, MIDC
Speaker: Ashley Carter, MIDC

Handouts:
Initial Interview and Gathering Client Information PDF Format

Makeup Date
Friday, September 16, 2016
Frank Murphy Hall of Justice

Nuts and Bolts of Eyewitness Identification Evidence
Friday, September 9, 2016, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Identification evidence is regularly used in hearings and trials. This session will give an overview of the types of identifications and procedures that are conducted in Michigan, how to challenge identification evidence and testimony when necessary, and will explore defense strategies including when experts are needed for trial.

Moderator: Marla McCowan, MIDC
Speaker: Takura Nyamfukudza, Attorney at Law with the firm Alane & Chartier in Lansing, Michigan

Makeup Date
Friday, October 7, 2016
Frank Murphy Hall of Justice

Supplemental Discovery
Friday, September 30, 2016, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Moderator: Stine Grand
Speaker: Thomas Loeb
Makeup Date
Friday, October 21, 2016
Frank Murphy Hall of Justice

Digital Forensics
Friday, October 14, 2016, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Moderator: Marilena David-Martin, SADO
Speaker: Larry & Josh Dalman

Makeup Date
Friday, November 4, 2016
Frank Murphy Hall of Justice

Guilty Pleas & Expungements
Friday, October 28, 2016, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Moderator: Stine Grand
Speaker: Andrew Stacer

Makeup Date
Friday, December 9, 2016
Frank Murphy Hall of Justice

Sentencing Law
Friday, November 18, 2016, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Moderator: Dawn Van Hoek, SADO
Speaker: Anne Yantus, UDM

Makeup Date
Friday, March 10, 2017
Frank Murphy Hall of Justice

Michigan Law Update
Friday, December 2, 2016, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Moderator: Marilena David-Martin, SADO
Speaker: Ron Bretz

Makeup Date
Friday, February 3, 2017
Frank Murphy Hall of Justice

US Supreme Court Update
Friday, January 13, 2017, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Moderator: Marilena David-Martin, SADO
Speaker: Kathy Swedlow, MAACS

Makeup Date
Friday, February 17, 2017
Frank Murphy Hall of Justice

Evidence
Friday, January 27, 2017, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Moderator: Judge Lawrence Talon, 3rd Ciruit Court
Speakers: TBD

Makeup Date
Friday, March 3, 2017
Frank Murphy Hall of Justice

Social Media
Friday, February 10, 2017, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Moderator: Marla McCowan, MIDC
Speaker: Kelly McDoniel

Makeup Date
Friday, March 17, 2017
Frank Murphy Hall of Justice

Interlocutory Appeals
Friday, February 24, 2017, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Moderator: Judge Larry Williams, 36th District Court
Speaker: Wendy Barnwell & Kathy Murphy

Makeup Date
Friday, March 31, 2017
Frank Murphy Hall of Justice

Treatment Facilities & Specialty Courts
Friday, March 24, 2017, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Moderator: Keith Clark, WCPO
Speaker: TBD

Makeup Date
Friday, April 21, 2017
Frank Murphy Hall of Justice

Makeup Date
Friday, April 7, 2017, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

This date is reserved as an alternate date if one of the originally scheduled sessions is canceled.