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)

Please Read: Third Circuit Court of Michigan - Criminal Division Attorney Eligibility Criteria

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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Federalizing Your Case, Preserving Appellate Issues and What a Criminal Practitioner Needs to Know About Habeas Corpus
Friday, September 07, 2012, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Attorneys must understand the interrelationship with trial practice and appellate review, and the importance of properly preserving issues in the event that appellate review is necessary.

Moderator: Marla McCowan, CDRC Manager, State Appellate Defender Office
Speaker: Brad Hall, Federal Defender Office, principal author on the upcoming 2012 edition of the Defender Habeas Book

Handout Material MS Word Format

Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 138 MB)

Can You Be a Criminal Defense Lawyer Without Getting Grieved?
Friday, September 14, 2012, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Criminal defense lawyers are grieved more than any other category of lawyer, in fact, 1/3 of all complaints received by the Attorney Grievance Commission involve criminal matters. Why does this happen, and what steps can you take to minimize the risk of being grieved and maximize the chances that any grievance will be unfounded and quickly dismissed? What are the key mistakes that criminal defense lawyers make that result in grievances and disciplinary action? How can best practices both reduce your risk of being grieved and help your business?

Moderator: Judge Lawrence S. Talon, Third Circuit Court
Speakers: Robert Agacinski, Grievance Administrator, Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission
John Van Bolt, Executive Director, Attorney Discipline Board
Mark A. Armitage, Deputy Director, Attorney Discipline Board
Thomas M. Loeb, grievance defense lawyer
Kenneth M. Mogill, grievance defense lawyer

Ethics for the Criminal Defense Lawyer PDF Format
Professionalism Lecture Outline MS Word Format
10 Commandments for Professionalism Lecture Outline MS Word Format

Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 246 MB)

Federal Consequences of State Convictions
Friday, September 21, 2012, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Understanding the significance and implications of Padilla v. Kentucky, 130 S. Ct. 1473 (2010).

Moderator: Donald Johnson, Chief Counsel, State Defender Office of the Legal Aid and Defender Association
Speaker: Rafael Villarruel, Federal Defender Office

Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions PDF Format
Sentence Enhancers PDF Format

Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 122 MB)

Felony Non-Support, Personal Protection Orders, the Show Cause Docket and the Domestic Violence Prevention Court
Friday, September 28, 2012, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

A round table lecture Featuring Nancy Neff, Katherine Strickfaden, Shannon Haneline, Shelly Drain, Felicia Courtright, and Steven Remski.

Note: This is a mandatory lecture for ALL attorneys who want to remain on the list or be placed on the list of eligible attorneys for Felony Non-Support cases, or for the Show Cause and PPO dockets.

Moderator: Christine Grand, defense attorney, Felony Non-Support Committee.
Speakers: Nancy Neff, Head of the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office Felony Non-Support Unit
Katherine Strickfaden, Domestic Violence Prevention Court
Shannon Haneline, attorney, Friend of the Court
Shelly Drain, Wayne County Prosecutor's Office PPO violations
Felicia Courtright, Assistant Attorney General
Steven Remski, defense attorney

Seminar Outline MS Word Format
The Felony Non-Support Case and Contempt Proceedings PDF Format
Contempt Hearing Checklist MS Word Format
How to File a Motion PDF Format
FOC Practice Tips for Attorneys PDF Format
FOC Informational Sheet PDF Format
Temporary Payment Coupon PDF Format
Felony Non-Support Information PDF Format
PPO Violations PDF Format

Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 232 MB)

Working with the Medical Expert
Friday, October 5, 2012, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

What can you expect from your medical examiner's office? How can you work with the medical expert who will be testifying in your case? What can you expect from the medical expert witness? How can we make them better witnesses for us? How can we be better prepared to work with them? The answers to these and many other questions will be answered.

Moderator: Judge Lawrence S. Talon, Third Circuit Court
Speaker: Dr. L. Dragovic, Oakland County Medical Examiner

Forensic Autopsy Performance Standards PDF Format

The Responsibilities and Consequences of Guilty Pleas
Friday, October 12, 2012, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

The collateral effects of a guilty plea on your client's life and rights, i.e. Immigration, SORA, MDOC, parole, housing, employment and licensing.

Moderator: Susan Reed, criminal defense attorney
Speakers: William Winters, criminal defense attorney
Susan Reed, criminal defense attorneys

MS PowerPoint - Responsibilities and Consequences of Guilty Plea

Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 117 MB)

Screening and Evaluations in the MDOC
Friday October 26, 2012, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Your client just got sentenced to the MDOC. Now what? Find out about classification, placement and programs within the MDOC and how your client may or may not qualify.

Moderator: Sam Churikian
Speakers: Dinah Moore, Deputy Director Wayne County Department of Children and Family Services
Heidi Washington, Warden Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center
Michael Alexander, Field Operations Metropolitan Region Administrator

MS PowerPoint - RGC Intake

Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 153 MB)

Sentencing Update
Friday, November 2, 2012, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Anne Yantus will provide a legal update and practical advice on substantive sentencing law and guidelines issues.

Moderator: Dawn Van Hoek, Director, State Appellate Defender Office
Speaker: Anne Yantus, Manager, Special Unit on Pleas & Sentencing, State Appellate Defender Office

Felony Sentencing Law Updates MS Word Format

Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 197 MB)

Michigan Law Update
Friday, November 16, 2012, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Always informative! 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.

Moderator: Honorable Thomas E. Jackson, Third Circuit Court
Speakers: Ronald J. Bretz, Professor, Cooley Law School
James Peden, Professor, Cooley Law School

Michigan Criminal Case Law Update Nov 2011 - Oct 2012 PDF Format

Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 211 MB)

United States Supreme Court Update
Friday, November 30, 2012, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

David A. Moran will analyze the recent decisions of the United States Supreme Court.

Moderator: Susan F. Reed, criminal defense attorney
Speaker: David A. Moran, Professor, University of Michigan Law School

Supreme Court Review and Preview MS Word Format

Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 116 MB)