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 2008 CAP Seminars
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Evidence: Tips and Tactics for the Trial Lawyer
Friday, September 12, 2008, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Where do we find the evidence for our case? How can our clients help us develop it? What other steps can we take to get the evidence? And once we have it, how do we get it in, or keep it out? These are just a few of the things that will be explored in this session.
Moderator: Thomas M. Loeb
Handout material: Handout Materials
Video: Watch Session (requires Real Player)

Search Warrants
Friday, September 26, 2008, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Detroit attorney Steve Fishman will discuss search warrants and how to challenge them.
Moderator: Kim McGinnis
No Handout material for this session
Video: Watch Session (requires Real Player)

Eyewitness Identification: An Expert's Point of View
Friday, October 3, 2008, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

National expert Dr. Solomon Fulero will give a presentation on eyewitness identification procedures and issues. Bring your questions and an open mind to this eye-opening presentation.
Moderator: Keith G. Clark
Handout material: Handout
Video: video not available, at speaker’s request (requires Real Player)

Judicial Perspective: Rules of Evidence
Friday, October 10, 2008, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

The Rules of Evidence from a Judge's Perspective Federal District Court Judge David M. Lawson highlights and explains some of the more complex areas of the rules of evidence.
Moderator: Thomas M. Loeb
Handout material: PowerPoint Handout
Video: Video (requires Real Player)

Juveniles Tried as Adults
Friday, October 17, 2008, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Attorney Daniel M. McGuire will give an overview of the law as it pertains to trying juveniles as adults in Michigan Courts. The topics will include waivers of jurisdiction, designated juvenile proceedings and the sentencing ramifications of each.
Moderator: Donald Johnson
Handout material: Handout Material
Video: Video (requires Real Player)

Alternative Case Resolution and Sentencing
Friday, October 24, 2008, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Become aware of the many special sentencing alternatives available for clients. Topics to be discussed are Diversion (Regular and Mental Health), Drug Court, DODDS, HYTA, “7411”, “7694a” and Delayed Sentence. Representatives from the administrators of each of these programs will be explaining the aspects of their respective programs and will be available for questions. Remember to download the handouts from this seminar as they will include thumbnail guides to determine who is and isn’t eligible for each respective sentencing alternative.
Moderator: Matthew L. Evans
Handout material: Handout Materials
Video: Video (requires Real Player)

Sentencing Updates
Friday, November 7, 2008, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Anne Yantus, Director of SADO’s Special Unit on Pleas and Sentencing, will provide a legal update and practical advice on substantive law and guideline issues.
Moderator: Dawn Van Hoek
Handout material: Handout and Immigration Handout
Video: Video (requires Real Player)

Forensic Issues: Criminal Responsibility & Competency
Friday, November 14, 2008, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Dr. Steven Miller discusses the theoretical as well as practical aspects of issues such as NGRI, GBMI, Competency and Competency to Waive Miranda Rights.
Moderator: Mark Brown
Handout material: Handouts
Video: Video (requires Real Player)

Michigan Law Update
Friday, November 21, 2008, 1:30 p.m.
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

The "Dream Team" on recent appellate decisions, Cooley Law School Profs Ronald J. Bretz and James M. Peden return! Nuff' said.
Moderator: Hon. Thomas E. Jackson
Handout material: Handout
Video: Video (requires Real Player)

U.S. Supreme Court Update
Friday, December 5, 2008, 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
Video: View video (requires Real Player)