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 2007 CAP Seminars
CAP Make-Up Session Schedule

Voucher Processing and
Law Practice Management
Friday, September 21, 2007, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Chief Judge Mary Beth Kelly will speak to the issue of voucher processing. She will explain the proper procedures to be followed when submitting a voucher. Timothy A. Dinan will address the complex issue of ethics and maintaining an efficient law practice. He will address issues of competency, diligence, fees, and conflicts of interest.
Moderator: Matthew M. Evans & Donald L. Johnson
Handout material: PowerPoint Handout
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Expert Witness Testimony/Daubert
Friday, October 5, 2007, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Michigan Rules of Evidence 702 and 703 together with changes in Michigan case law now make the trial judge the "gatekeeper" regarding the admissibility of expert testimony and expert witnesses. Judge William Giovan will discuss the admissibility standards. This session will help you learn how to admit your expert testimony and challenge the admissibility of your opponent's.
Moderator: Hon. Timothy M. Kenny
Handout material: Handout
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Drunk Driving Practice; 10 Do's and Don'ts
Friday, October 12, 2007, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

A discussion of drunk driving practice. This session will focus on best and worst practices, including things you should and shouldn't, be doing."
Moderator: Keith G. Clark
Handout material: Handout
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Evidence Issues
Friday, October 19, 2007, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

The Hon. Daniel P. Ryan, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge and international lecturer on evidence will speak on evidentiary issues in criminal sexual conduct cases.
Moderator: James B. Schlaff
Handout material: PowerPoint Handout
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Nuts & Bolts
Friday, October 26, 2007, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

This session is designed to give an overview of the practice of law in the Third Circuit Court - Criminal Division. Learn the basics or consider it a refresher course. Review the practice of criminal law in Wayne County from A to Z.
Moderator: Thomas M. Loeb & Samuel J. Churikian
Handout material: Handout
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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Pretrial Motions (but were afraid to ask)
Friday, November 2, 2007, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

This session will cover the strategy and tactics of pretrial motions in felony cases. There will be discussion of a wide variety of pre-trial motions, including a number of not-so-common motions. Tactical issues to be discussed include: when to ask for an evidentiary hearing; and how to schedule pretrial motions to enhance the likelihood of success. Also: six reasons to file a pretrial motion even if you are convinced the trial judge will rule against you.
Moderator: Christine M. Grand
Handout material: Handout
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Sentencing Law Update & Alternatives to Incarceration
Friday, November 9, 2007, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Anne Yantus, Director of SADO's Special Unit on Pleas & Sentencing, will be joined by a representative of the Wayne County Probation Department in a program designed to provide both a legal update and practical advice. Substantive sentencing law and guidelines will be covered by Ms. Yantus, with local alternatives to incarceration explored by the probation representative.
Moderator: Dawn Van Hoek
Handout material: Handout
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Michigan Law Update
Friday, November 30, 2007, 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: Hon. Thomas E. Jackson
Handout material: Handout
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U.S. Supreme Court Update
Friday, December 7, 2007, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Professor David A. Moran will analyze the decisions of the United States Supreme Court.
Moderator: Susan F. Reed
Handout material: Handout
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