Detroit / Wayne County
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:
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.
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.
Federalizing Your Case, Preserving Appellate Issues and What a Criminal Practitioner Needs to Know About Habeas Corpus
Friday, September 07, 2012, 1:30 PM
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
Play Video (MP4 - 138 MB)
Can You Be a Criminal Defense Lawyer Without Getting Grieved?
Friday, September 14, 2012, 1:30 PM
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
Professionalism Lecture Outline
10 Commandments for Professionalism Lecture Outline
Play Video (MP4 - 246 MB)
Federal Consequences of State Convictions
Friday, September 21, 2012, 1:30 PM
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
Play Video (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
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
The Felony Non-Support Case and Contempt Proceedings
Contempt Hearing Checklist
How to File a Motion
FOC Practice Tips for Attorneys
FOC Informational Sheet
Temporary Payment Coupon
Felony Non-Support Information
Play Video (MP4 - 232 MB)
Working with the Medical Expert
Friday, October 5, 2012, 1:30 PM
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
The Responsibilities and Consequences of Guilty Pleas
Friday, October 12, 2012, 1:30 PM
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 - 117 MB)
Screening and Evaluations in the MDOC
Friday October 26, 2012, 1:30 PM
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 - 153 MB)
Friday, November 2, 2012, 1:30 PM
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
Play Video (MP4 - 197 MB)
Michigan Law Update
Friday, November 16, 2012, 1:30 PM
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
Play Video (MP4 - 211 MB)
United States Supreme Court Update
Friday, November 30, 2012, 1:30 PM
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
Play Video (MP4 - 116 MB)