Detroit / Wayne County

Criminal Advocacy Program

Continuing to Improve
The Criminal Justice System

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 2009 CAP Seminars
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Cross-Examination: A Revealing Conversation with a Witness
Friday, September 11, 2009, 1:30 pm.

C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

"...in the Anglo-American legal system cross-examination is the principle means of undermining the credibility of a witness whose testimony is false or inaccurate." U.S. v. Salerno 505 U.S. 317 (1992) Stevens, J, Dissenting.

Speaker: Judge Christopher Yates
Moderator: Steven Taratuta
Handout Material PDF Format
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 109 MB)

Nuts and Bolts
Friday, September 25, 2009, 1:30 pm.

C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

This session is designed to provide a basic overview of the practice of law in the court formerly known as Recorder's Court. Just how are cases processed in the Wayne County Circuit Court - Criminal Division? What is expected of an attorney when he is appointed to represent an indigent defendant accused of a felony? What changes have been made and what changes might we expect in the future from court administration? During these difficult economic times, how can we defense lawyers handling assignments maximize limited resources in order to more effectively represent our clients?

Speakers: Susan F. Reed, William J. Winters, III and Thomas M. Loeb
Moderator: Thomas M. Loeb
Susan F. Reed Handout Material PDF Format
Thomas M. Loeb Handout Material PDF Format
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 169 MB)

What Lawyers Need to Know About the Appellate Process
Friday, October 9, 2009, 1:30 pm.

C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Experienced trial and appellate attorney Margaret Raben will discuss what trial attorneys need to know about appeals, including how to preserve issues properly; what a trial attorney's obligation is to the client after conviction, and which trial attorney errors are commonly raised on appeal.

Speaker: Margaret Raben
Moderator: Kim McGinnis
Handout Material PDF Format
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 112 MB)

Winning Isn't Everything, It's the Only Thing!
Friday, October 16 2009, 1:30 pm.

C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

If your DUI case preparation is limited to reading the police report and sending your client off to rehab, you're losing winnable cases. William Maze will present an overview of tactics and strategies regarding discovery, motion practice and jury trial preparation designed to win DUI cases. Patrick Barone will present The new DataMaster DMT: what's new, what's different, what's changed and how this impacts the defense of drunk driving cases in Michigan."

Speakers: William Maze and Patrick Barone
Moderator: Christine Grand
Patrick Barone Handout Material - DMT Guide PDF Format
Patrick Barone Handout Material - DMT Brochure PDF Format
Patrick Barone Handout Material - Chemical Evidence PDF Format
William Maze Handout Material PDF Format
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 257 MB)

Sentencing Law Update
Friday, October 23, 2009, 1:30 pm.

C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Anne Yantus, Director of SADO's Special Unit on Pleas & Sentencing, will provide a legal update and practical advice on substantive sentencing law and guidelines issues.

Speaker: Anne Yantus
Moderator: Dawn Van Hoek
Handout Material MS Word Format
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 207 MB)

Audio-visual Discovery and The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act
Friday, October 30, 2009, 1:30 pm.

C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Ken Glaza of K & R Audio and Video Forensic Services will demonstrate what you can do with audio or visual evidence in nearly any format. When you receive the in-car video tape from the police department, how will you present it in court? Can you tell whether what is missing was caused by an "equipment failure," or was the evidence tampered with or corrupted? Ken will demonstrate how your audio or visual evidence can be collected, presented, and enhanced, so that your courtroom presentation will have the impact you desire. Our own "cannabis counsel," Matthew Abel, will be speaking about the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, including; the requirements for obtaining a medical recommendation and a state Medical Marihuana Program identification card, where such a recommendation or card may be helpful in defending a marihuana charge, the affirmative defense authorized by the law, court decisions, and pending appellate matters.

Speakers: Matthew Abel & Kenny Glaza from K & R All Media Productions
Moderator: Thomas Loeb
Michigan Medical Marijuana Act PDF Format
Michigan Medical Marijuana Packet PDF Format
Medical Marijuana Brief Template PDF Format
Medical Marijuana Motion Template PDF Format
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 199 MB)

Defense of CSC Cases Involving Children
Friday November 6, 2009, 1:30 pm.

C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Criminal defense attorney Gail Benson and child psychologist Debra Poole will explore issues surrounding the credibility and accuracy of child testimony, as part of a defense to criminal sexual conduct charges.

Speakers: Gail Benson and Debra Poole
Moderator: Dawn Van Hoek
Defense of CSC Cases Involving Children PDF Format
(no video was provided for this seminar)

Crawford Issues for Trial
Friday, November 13, 2009, 1:30 p.m.

C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Attorney John Minock and Professor Bridget McCormack, University of Michigan Law School, will discuss Crawford issues for the trial attorney.

Speakers: John Minock and Professor Bridget McCormack
Moderator: Susan F. Reed
Selected Post Crawford Michigan Decisions PDF Format
Crawford-Reframing The Right to Confrontation PDF Format
The Truth About the Not for Truth Exception PDF Format
Crawford Flowchart PDF Format
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 178 MB)

Michigan Law Update
Friday, November 20, 2009, 1:30 p.m.

C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Cooley Law School Professor Ronald J. Bretz returns for a command performance of his updates on recent appellate decisions in Michigan.

Speaker: Professor Ronald J. Bretz
Moderator: Hon. Thomas E. Jackson
Michigan Criminal Case Law Update 11/08-10/09 PDF Format
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 234 MB)

U.S. Supreme Court Update
Friday, December 4, 2009, 1:30 p.m.

C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Professor David A. Moran, University of Michigan Law School, will analyze the recent decisions of the United States Supreme Court.

Speaker: Professor David A. Moran
Moderator: Susan F. Reed
Supreme Court Review & Preview MS Word Format
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 189 MB)