Detroit / Wayne County

Criminal Advocacy Program

Continuing to Improve
The Criminal Justice System

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The Detroit/Wayne County Criminal Advocacy Program 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;

  • Eduate the bench, bar and public of the need for quality and integrity in prosecution and defense represenation;

  • 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.

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 bar of Wayne County Circuit Court and the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards.

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Notes for Laptop Users:

Wireless laptop users may access the capwayne.org site during CAP seminars to view handouts. The 13th Floor Auditorium at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Building provides a wireless web network. And, notes may be added to the seminar handouts: just use the notes features of Adobe Acrobat as the presentation is delivered.

Schedule of 2005 CAP Seminars
Make-Up Sessions for 2005

SO YOUR CLIENT’S GOING TO PRISON ... NOW WHAT?
Friday, September 9, 2005 , 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Learn what happens after your client is committed to the MDOC, including prisoner classification, parole eligibility, parole revocation procedures, prisoner SAI bootcamp, and parole board proceedings. This information will not only give a better understanding of the entire criminal justice system but allow you to properly advise your client and be aware fo these issues prior to sentence. Panelists include Kathleen Schaefer, a former MDOC manager and past president of the Michigan Corrections and Stuart Friedman, attorney in private practice specializing in post-conviction and MDOC related appeals  and former chairman of the Michigan State Bar Prisons and Correction. 
Moderator: Keith Clark, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.
Handout material: Outline and Handout and PSI Workbook (PDF)
Video: View video (requires Real Player)

						

CONNECTING WITH JURORS; DISCOVERY ISSUES
Friday, September 16, 2005 , 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

The Honorable Vera Massey Jones will examine common discovery issues. The Honorable George W. Crockett, II and Attorney Steven Fishman will discuss effective jury voir dire.
Moderator: Mark L. Brown.
Handout Material: Outline (PDF) and Partial Transcript (PDF) from People v Good, May 14, 1991, before the Honorable George W. Crockett, III.
Video: View video (requires Real Player)

						

EXPERT WITNESSES: WHEN CAN THEY TESTIFY IN THE POST-DAUBERT ERA?
Friday, September 23, 2005 , 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

MRE 702 and 703 have been changed recently, and it may be more difficult to qualify experts to testify. Learn from several experienced practitioners how to effectively challenge “expert” opinion evidence and how to make sure you select someone the Court will recognize as an expert.
Moderator: Judge Deborah A. Thomas.
Handout Material: How to Work with Experts (PDF) by Mark Satawa
DNA Typing and Other Forensic Evidence Issues (PDF) by Prof. Ron Bretz
Video: View video

						

DRUNK DRIVING DEFENSE
Friday, October  7, 2005 , 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

In recent years, drunk driving cases have received greater public scrutiny and the legislature has toughened the penalties. How can you effectively represent your client in these cases? Panelists discussing the handling of drunk driving cases will be Macomb County Sheriff Mark A. Hackel, Lt. Robert Taylor of the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department and Patrick T. Barone, an attorney whose practice is devoted exclusively to defending drunk driving cases.
Moderator: Christine Grand.
Handout Material: Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Patrick T. Barone
Video: View video

						

FEDERAL CRIMINAL PROCEDURE FOR THE WAYNE COUNTY CRIMINAL LAWYER
Friday, October 14, 2005 , 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

This session will be devoted to the frequent and very important interplay between the state and federal courts here in Wayne County .

What is the very best for your client? What if he has cases pending in state and federal court? What if he is a target of a federal criminal investigation?  Premier defense attorney Margaret Raben, First Vice President of the Criminal Defense attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) will speak on the ever increasing importance of federalizing constitutional issues in state trial proceedings.

Miriam Siefer, Esq., Chief Defender of the Eastern District’s Federal Defender’s Office, will talk about Project Safe Neighborhood, and the latest program in the U.S. Attorney’s office that may soon be affecting your client’s future. Both speakers will then provide their “Top Ten” tips, helpful hints and tactics to consider when handling the federal criminal case in U.S. District Court.

Be sure to attend this lively and informative session.
Moderator: Thomas M. Loeb.
Handout material: Margaret Raben's Outline (PDF) and Mirian L. Siefer's Outline (PDF)
Video: View video (requires Real Player)

						

CRAWFORD AND BEYOND: CONFRONTATION ISSUES FOR TRIAL ATTORNEYS
Friday, October 21, 2005 , 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Wayne State University Law Professor David A. Moran will address the landmark decision in Crawford v Washington, the 2004 United States Supreme Court decision that radically changed rules on confrontation of witnesses. He will examine both settled and unsettled issues and provide valuable practice tips for trial attorneys.  
Moderator: Dawn Van Hoek.
Handout material: Outline (PDF)
Video: View video (requires Real Player)

						

FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS AND THEIR SIGNIFICANCE
Friday, November 4 , 2005 , 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Dr. Michael Abramsky will present a detailed explanation of the psychological tests administered in competency and criminal responsibility evaluations. This will enable trial lawyers to understand the test significant from the clinician’s point of view.
Moderator: Donald L. Johnson.
Handout material: Outline (PDF)
Video: View video (requires Real Player)

						

WAYNE COUNTY COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS AND RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT SERVICES
Friday, November 11, 2005 , 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Kathleen Lormin and Deborah Hendrix from Wayne County Community Corrections and Residential Treatment Services will provide an outline of services available to our clients in the community both in-patient and out-patient.
Moderator: Susan F. Reed.
Handout material: Outline (PDF)
Video: View video (requires Real Player)

						

MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT AND COURT OF APPEALS UPDATE
Friday, November 18, 2005 , 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Back by popular demand, an informative and provocative review of the latest and greatest Michigan appellate case law and decisions by two of the stalwarts of the Criminal Advocacy Program - Cooley Law School Professors Ronald J. Bretz and James M. Peden.
Moderator: Judge Thomas E. Jackson
Handout material: Outline (PDF)
Video: View video (requires Real Player)

						

U.S. SUPREME COURT UPDATE
Friday, December 2, 2005 , 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Professor Charles Whitebread returns once again to analyze the decisions of the United States Supreme Court.
Moderator: Opolla Brown.
Handout Material: Outline (PDF)
Video: View video (requires Real Player)