Detroit / Wayne County

Criminal Advocacy Program

Continuing to Improve
The Criminal Justice System

NEW!!! Anatomy of a Case - Video Tour of Frank Murphy Hall of Justice
Presented by: Susan F. Reed   (also view Guide to the Practice of Criminal Law in Wayne County PDF Format)

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 2010 CAP Seminars
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Avoiding Hearsay Objections and Using the Rules of Evidence to Impeach and Rehabilitate
Assigned Counsel Services Presentation
Friday, September 17, 2010, 1:30 PM

C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Chair of the Wayne County Criminal Advocacy Program Judge Michael Hathaway, will give opening remarks regarding new CAP certification requirements and introduce new Assigned Counsel Services Manager Yvonne Barnett-Greene who will give a brief presentation.

Third Circuit Court Judge Daniel Ryan, an expert in the nuances of the Rules of Evidence, will simplify the complexities of the hearsay rule and explain practical and effective methods of impeaching and rehabilitating witnesses. With the many changes in the court and the rapid evolution of the law, this is a seminar everyone should attend! Moderated by William Winters III.

Speaker: Judge Daniel Ryan, Judge Michael Hathaway, Yvonne Barnett-Greene
Moderator: William Winters
Daniel P. Ryan Handout Material PDF Format
Yvonne Barnett-Greene Handout Material PDF Format
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 96 MB)

Diversion; Mental Health Court, Mental Health Diversion, Drug Court, and New Personnel
Friday, September 24, 2010, 1:30 PM

C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Learn about special programs being offered by the court. Presiding Judge Timothy Kenny, Case Manager Tiffany Jones, and APA Bill Heaphy will speak about eligibility for the new Mental Health Court pilot program. Judge Edward Ewell, Jr., Senior Case Manager Mike Singleton, and APA Bill Heaphy will speak about Drug Court. Mr. Heaphy will also address the criteria for standard diversion cases and Mental Health Diversion. Moderated by Donald Johnson, Deputy Chief, Legal Aid and Defender.

Speakers: Judge Timothy Kenny, Tiffany Jones and Bill Heaphy
Moderator: Donald Johnson
Handout Material PDF Format
Handout Material - Mental Health Court Criteria MS Word Format
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 77 MB)

Super Drunk Driving
Friday, October 1, 2010, 1:30 PM

C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Learn what it is, what it means and what the consequences are for your client. The law goes into effect October 31, 2010. You don't want to miss this one. The speaker is criminal defense attorney and court recognized expert Patrick Barone Moderated by Opolla Brown and Mark Brown.

Speakers: David Balash and Patrick Barone
Moderator: Opolla Brown
Handout Material PDF Format
Handout Material - Power Point Slides PDF Format
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 80 MB)

Felony Non Support, Including the Show Cause Docket, PPO Violation Hearings, and Challenging Search Warrants
Friday, October 8, 2010, 1:30 PM

C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

A round table lecture featuring Nancy Neff head of the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office Felony Non-Support Unit, defense attorney Brian Selburn, Assistant Attorney General Felicia Courtright, Shelley Drain Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, PPO violations, and a staff member from the Friend of the Court. This is a mandatory lecture for ALL attorneys who want to receive assignments or to remain on the list of eligible attorneys for Felony Non Support cases, handle the Show Cause docket or the PPO docket.

State Defender Training Attorney Kimberly Basen Michon and Deputy Defender Kristin Pell will address the difficulties in challenging search warrants. Learn what to look for and how to challenge the sufficiency of the warrant. Moderated by Donald Johnson, Deputy Chief Legal Aid and Defender.

Speaker: Nancy Neff, Brian Selburn, Felicia Courtright, Shelly Drain, FOC Staff member; Kimberly Basen Michcon and Kristen Pell
Moderator:Donald Johnson
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 195 MB)

Jury Instructions - (Writing Special Instructions and lesser included offenses)
Friday, October 15, 2010, 1:30 PM

C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Jury Instructions: Jeffrey Edison and Kim McGinnis present the legal and practical aspects of jury instructions. They will discuss requesting special instructions, the current state of the law regarding instruction on lesser offenses, objecting to instructions, and drafting instructions on the defense theory of the case.

Speakers: Kim McGinnis and Jeffrey Edison
Moderator: James Schlaff
Handout Material MS Word Format
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 233 MB)

Civil and Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
Friday, October 22, 2010, 1:30 PM

C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Miriam Aukerman, Legal Aid of Western Michigan, and David Koelsch, Director of UDM Law School's Immigration Clinic, will provide practical and legal advice on the civil and immigration consequences of criminal convictions. They will include the new requirements for defense attorneys of Padilla v Kentucky, the US Supreme Court's 2010 decision on immigration consequences.

Speakers: Miriam Aukerman and David Koelsch
Moderator: Dawn Van Hoek
Handout Material - Tips on How To Expunge Your Criminal Record in Michigan MS Word Format
Handout Material - Child Support Prison Brochure PDF Format
Handout Material - CAP Training PowerPoint
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 259 MB)

What do you mean Polygraphs are admissible?
Friday October 29, 2010, 1:30 PM

C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

This program will give you a basic introduction to Polygraph examinations. We will cover the basic science of the examination, limitations, explanation of the various results, and the various uses of the examination including the situations where they are admissible.

Presenting is H. John Wojnaroski III. He has been a forensic polygraph examiner since 1979 and is a retired Lieutenant of the Michigan State Police. During his 25-year career with the Michigan State Police, he served 20 years as a forensic polygraph examiner. He is past President of the Michigan Association of Polygraph Examiners and is a member of the Investigation Division for the Michigan Innocence Project.

Speaker: H. John Wojnaroski III
Moderator: Matthew Evans
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 197 MB)

Sentencing Law Update
Friday, November 5, 2010, 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
PowerPoint Presentation
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 194 MB)

Michigan Law Update
Friday, November 19, 2010, 1:30 PM

C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Always informative! Cooley Law School Professors Ronald J. Bretz and James Peden return for their annual engagement to update what's new from the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals. Moderated by Judge Thomas E. Jackson.

Speakers: Ronald J. Bretz and James Peden
Moderator: Judge Thomas Jackson
Handout Material MS Word Format
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 222 MB)

U.S. Supreme Court Updates
Friday, December 3, 2010, 1:30 PM

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: David A. Moran
Moderator: Susan F. Reed
Handout Material MS Word Format
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 170 MB)