Detroit / Wayne County

Criminal Advocacy Program

Continuing to Improve
The Criminal Justice System

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 2011 CAP Seminars
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SORA and How It Is Changing
Friday, September 09, 2011, 1:30 PM

C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Are you aware of the changes to the Michigan Sex Offender's Registration Act that took effect July 1, 2011? Do you know there are new petitioning procedures to remove your clients from the sex offender registry? Are you aware of the increased penalties for non-compliance and the stringent requirements demanded from registrants? Come to this seminar to learn the ins and outs of the registry. Speaker is well known local expert and defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter. Moderated by Thomas Loeb, Esq.

Speaker: Cheryl Carpenter
Moderator: Thomas Loeb
Handout Material MS Word Format
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 231 MB)

Ballistics in criminal cases
Friday, September 16, 2011, 1:30 PM

C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

This seminar will provide lawyers with an overview of the issues that are presented when using an expert regarding firearms, toolmarks and ballistics in criminal cases. The speaker is retired Michigan State Police Trooper and nationally recognized expert David Balash. Moderated by Mark Brown, Esq.

Speakers: David Balash
Moderator: Mark Brown
(there are no handouts for this seminar)
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 127 MB)

Video Forensics from Forensic Video Solutions
Friday, September 23, 2011, 1:00 PM Start!

C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

The old adage "a picture is worth a thousand words" is no longer valid where advances in computer enhancement and digital compression can easily change and alter a picture's meaning. Image interpretation is quickly becoming a required skill to ensure that the evidence accurately represents what it purports to show. Seminar attendees will evaluate the power of digital video exhibits from actual criminal cases and Frye issues will be discussed in detail. The speaker is Grant Fredericks an internationally recognized pioneer in forensic video analysis. Moderated by attorney Wanda Cal

Speakers: Grant Fredericks
Moderator: Wanda Cal
Handout Material PDF Format

Opening Statements, Closing Arguments, Some Do's and Don'ts
Friday, October 7, 2011, 1:30 PM

An all star panel reveals how to win your jury over from start to spell binding finish. Speakers include the Honorable Daphne Means-Curtis Third Circuit Court, Attorney Gerald K. Evelyn, and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. Moderated by attorney James C. Howarth

Speakers: Hon. Daphne Means-Curtis, Gerald K. Evelyn, and L. Brooks Patterson
Moderator: James C. Howarth
(there are no handouts for this seminar)
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 175 MB)

Hearsay in a Nutshell
Friday, October 14, 2011, 1:30 PM

C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

You do not want to miss this exciting lecture on the law of Hearsay; what it is and what it is not, laid out in clear concise language. Mr. Baughman is an appellate practitioner that has appeared before the United States Supreme Court six times and before the Michigan Supreme Court over seventy times. He is the author of Michigan Criminal Law and Procedure Practice Desk book a.k.a "The Baughman Book.". Moderated by Opolla Brown Wayne County Prosecutor's Office

Speakers: Timothy Baughman
Moderator: Opolla Brown
Handout Material PDF Format
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 203 MB)

Effective Jury Selection and Voir Dire
Friday, October 21, 2011, 1:30 PM

C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Jury Consultant Stephen Hnat from the Fieger Law Firm will speak on this critical yet hard to master topic, with participation by attorneys Anthony Chambers, Steve Fishman, Juan Mateo and Susan Reed. The session will be moderated by Judge Lawrence Talon, Third Circuit Court. Questions can be submitted in advance to The Amendments to the Michigan Court Rules court rules effecting jury trial procedure will also be addressed. The seminar begins at 1:30 PM at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center auditorium No pre-registration is required. For additional information contact

Speakers: Stephen Hnat, Anthony Chambers, Steve Fishman, Juan Mateo and Susan Reed
Moderator: Hon. Lawrence Talon
Amendments To MI Court Rules PDF Format
Voir Dire and Jury Trial Outcomes MS Word Format
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 127 MB)

Felony Non-Support, PPO's, the Show Cause docket and the new Domestic Violence Prevention Court
Friday October 28, 2011, 1:30 PM

A round table lecture featuring Nancy Neff head of the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office Felony Non-Support Unit, Katherine Strickfaden from the Domestic Violence Prevention Court, Erin Lincoln Friend of the Court attorney, Shelly Drain Wayne County Prosecutor's Office PPO violations, Assistant Attorney General Felicia Courtright, and defense attorney Steven Remsky. Moderated by defense attorney Christine Grand Felony Non-Support Committee

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.

Speaker: Nancy Neff, Katherine Strickfaden, Erin Lincoln, Shelly Drain, Felicia Courtright, and Steven Remski
Moderator: Christine Grand
Contempt Hearing Checklist MS Word Format
FNS Lecture Notes 2011 PDF Format
3rd Cir. Ct. FOC Information Sheet PDF Format
3rd Cir. Ct. FOC How to File a Motion PDF Format
Wayne County FOC Practice Tips for Attorneys PDF Format
MiSDU Temporary Payment Coupon PDF Format
PPO Violations/Show Cause Hearing PDF Format
The Felony Non-Support Case PDF Format
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 127 MB)

United States Supreme Court Update
Friday, November 11, 2011, 2:00 PM Start!

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. Moderated by Susan F. Reed, Esq.

Speaker: David A. Moran
Moderator: Susan F. Reed
Supreme Court Review & Preview MS Word Format
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 127 MB)

Sentencing Issues and Updates
Friday, November 18, 2011, 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. Moderated by Dawn Van Hoek, Director of the State Appellate Defender Office.

Speakers: Anne Yantus
Moderator: Dawn Van Hoek
Handout Material MS Word Format
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 139 MB)

Michigan Law Update
Friday, December 2, 2011, 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 the Honorable Thomas E. Jackson Third Circuit Court

Speaker: Ronald J. Bretz and James Peden
Moderator: Hon. Thomas E. Jackson
Handout Material MS Word Format
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 208 MB)