Detroit / Wayne County

Criminal Advocacy Program

Continuing to Improve
The Criminal Justice System

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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 2006 CAP Seminars
Make-Up Sessions for 2006

View From the Bench
Friday, September 8, 2006, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

A panel of Judges will discuss several topics including Motion Practice, Jury Voir Dire, Probation Violations, and Getting Assignments.  This session will be particularly useful to new attorneys just starting to take assignments.
Moderator: Matthew M. Evans
Video: View video (requires Real Player)

Civil Consequences of Pleas/Trials
Friday, September 15, 2006, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

There's more to a conviction than sentencing: learn about the impact on child support and custody, education, housing, professional licensing, and more.  Expungement as relief from such consequences will also be explored.  Presenters are Terri L. Stangl, Executive Director of Saginaw 's Center for Civil Justice, and Miriam Aukerman, Soros Fellow at Legal Aid of Western Michigan.
Moderator:  Dawn A. Van Hoek
Handout material:

  1. A Legal Outline
  2. Resource List
  3. Client Questionnaire
  4. Civil/Criminal Connection
  5. Barriers to Reentry
  6. Child Support Prisoner Packet
  7. Expungement Packet
  8. "Clear Your Name" brochure
  9. "Kinship Care" Packet
  10. "Why and How to Get Your Criminal Record"
  11. Sample letter to Selective Service for individuals failing to register due to incarceration
  12. Power Point Outline.

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Sentencing Guidelines
Friday, September 22, 2006, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Anne Yantus from the State Appellate Defender Office will discuss timely sentencing issues with an emphasis on changes to the sentencing guidelines. Included in her discussion will be issues often overlooked by trial counsel.  This seminar should help counsel to preserve sentencing issues for appeals.
Moderator:  Donald L. Johnson
Handout material: Sentencing Updates
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How To Get Your Client Medical & Psychological Services while in the Wayne County Jail
Friday, September 29, 2006, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Lavinia Ruckes-Ekong, Department Manager of Wayne County Jail Behavioral Health Criminal Justice Diversion Program, will provide an overview and details on the program, which works cooperatively with judges, attorneys, court personnel, community service providers and jailed defendants.  The program's mission is to keep non-violent mentally ill defendants out of jail and involved in community-based treatment.  Attorney Phillip Thomas and associate, Stephani Judd, will provide the attorneys' perspective.
Moderator:  Christine M. Grand
Handout material: Philip J. Thomas's Materials and Lavina Ruckes's Materials
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Power Up Your Trial Presentation
Friday, October 6, 2006, 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 12, 2006, 1:30 p.m.
Friday, October 27, 2006, 1:30 p.m.
Judge Kenny's Courtroom, Room 602, Frank Murphy Hall of Justice

Learn how to effectively use technology in the courtroom.  Participants will learn the core concepts and strategies of Power Point to effectively and efficiently persuade jurors in their cases.  Each session is limited to 12 participants.  To register for a session, please contact John Powell by e-mail ( or by telephone (313) 256-9833.
Moderator:  John Powell
Handout material: Power Up Your Trial Presentation and Michigan Case Law on PowerPoint
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Drug Court & Treatment Facilities
Friday, October 13, 2006, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Learn the "ins and outs" of Drug Court :  Former Circuit Court Judge and Present Director of the Drug and Problem Solving Court , William Leo Cahalan, will discuss the requirements, eligibility and goals of the program.  Judge Cahalan will also announce new court initiatives for retail fraud court and other new programs.
Moderator:  James B. Schlaff
Handouts: Outline
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Preliminary Exams
Friday, October 20, 2006, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Thirty-sixth District Court Judge Donald Coleman and Attorney Gerald Evelyn will discuss preliminary examinations, including practice tips and strategies.
Moderator:  Mark L. Brown
Handout: Outline
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Demonstrative Evidence
Friday, November 10, 2006, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Bring your case to life.  Demonstrative Evidence is an important tool to illustrate and drive home your point. Defense attorney Mark Satawa will discuss why you should use demonstrative evidence and how to use it.  Theresa Webster from Evidence Express will tell you where to get it and how to introduce it.
Moderator:  Opolla Brown and Thomas M. Loeb
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Criminal Law Update
Friday, November 17, 2006, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

In their traditional informative and entertaining presentation updating Michigan Supreme and Court of Appeals cases, distinguished Cooley Law School Professors Ronald J. Bretz and James M. Peden bring the "latest and greatest" from the "Supremes" and the "COAs." 
Moderator:  Judge Thomas E. Jackson
Handout: Outline
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U.S. Supreme Court Update
Friday, December 1, 2006, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Wayne State University Law School Professor David A. Moran will analyze the decisions of the United States Supreme Court, from the perspectives of an educator and active Supreme Court litigator.
Moderator:  Susan F. Reed
Handout: Outline (PDF)
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