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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Schedule of  CAP Seminars

The schedule has not been posted yet.


CLE credits are now 1.5 hours per session.

Criminal Practice in FMHJ in the 21st Century & Kid's Talk Video
Friday, September 12, 2014, 12:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Susan Reed and Judge Kirsten Frank Kelly will provide useful tips for attorneys practicing criminal defense as well as an overview of how to effectively use Kids Talk Videos.

Moderator: William Winters III
Speakers: Susan Reed and Judge Kirsten Frank Kelly

Criminal Practice in FMHJ Slides PDF Format

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The Best Tips and Tricks from a Social Worker in Preparing a Case for Trial, Sentencing and Beyond
Friday, September 19, 2014, 12:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

SADO's Social Worker/Attorney team will provide detailed information for attorneys useful even if, or particularly when, there is no ability to employ a social worker. In addition to identifying critical forms and information that attorneys might need to acquire, tips and techniques for gathering mitigation evidence will be covered for use with defense at trial and with an emphasis on mitigation at sentencing. Defense Attorneys will also learn from a social worker about how to enhance client-centered representation by identifying the issues that bring your client into the criminal justice system and by helping develop support and resources to meet those needs. All of this will improve attorney-client relationships and may improve your client's sentencing outcomes and help you in preparing a post-conviction mitigation plan (developing an impactful allocution, documenting resources and presenting your plan).

Moderator: Marla McCowan
Speakers: Nicole George and Jacqueline Ouvry

Smarter Sentencing Training Materials (114 pages) PDF Format

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Forensic Autopsy
Friday, October 3, 2014, 12:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Homicide? Suicide? Accidental? Come hear the Chief Wayne County Medical Examiner Dr. Carl Schmidt talk about causes of death. What a medical examiner can determine from a forensic examination. What to look for in an internal and external examination and why an external examination can be more important that an internal one in criminal investigations.

Moderator: Opolla Brown
Speaker: Dr. Carl Schmidt

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Cell Phone Science
Friday, October 10, 2014, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

The first cell phones were sold by Motorola in 1973. In 1979, Japan launched the first commercial cellular network and in 2007, Apple released the iPhone which created a revolution of smart mobile devices. Over the years, mobile device usage has increased and this trend does not appear to be changing any time soon. Today, almost 70% of all criminal investigations involve mobile device forensics. Join us for discussion on cell phone science:
  • The history of cell phones.
  • How cellular data is propagated.
  • How cell phone data is acquired and preserved.
  • What kind of data can be recovered from cell devices.
  • What should be included in litigation hold letters.
  • Sample subpoena language.

SRR's experts will provide an update on cell phone forensics and what every criminal attorney needs to know about their client's potential records to be produced.

Garry A. Pate, CFCE, CHFI, CCFE, EnCE, CEECS is a Director of the E-Discovery practice within the Dispute Advisory & Forensic Services Group at Stout Risius Ross (SRR). Mr. Pate has extensive experience managing E-Discovery projects from collection through production in complex litigation cases involving issues such as IP theft, business technology, copyrights, patents, trademarks, employment disputes, environmental, divorce, and numerous other disputes. Mr. Pate also was an IT Specialist at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) where he was a founding member of the computer forensic laboratory analysis team. Mr. Pate can be reached at +1.248.432.1304 or

Brian A. Rosenthal, CISSP, EnCE is a Digital Forensic Manager of the E-Discovery practice within the Dispute Advisory & Forensic Services Group at Stout Risius Ross (SRR). He has a background in Computer Forensics, E-Discovery, and forensic analysis of digital media including: computers, servers, cell phones, and other mobile media storage devices. Mr. Rosenthal can be reached at +1.646.807.4242 or

Moderator: Tom Loeb
Speaker: Garry Pate and Brian Rosenthal

SRR Cell Phone Science PDF Format

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Collateral Consequences
Friday, October 17, 2014, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Moderator: William Winters III
Speaker: Stuart Freidman

Collateral Consequences Presentation PDF Format
Federal Post-Conviction Law PDF Format
Michigan Post-Conviction Law PDF Format
Stuart Freidman's CV MS Word Format

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Specialty Courts
Friday, October 24, 2014, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

This seminar will provide a concise run down of both Drug Courts, Veteran's Court, Swift and Sure Sanctions, Mental Health Court, Mental Health Diversion and Diversion led by a panel of speakers: Yvonne Barnett-Greene, head of Specialty Courts, Jeremy Henner a Veteran and attorney for Veteran's Court, and William Heaphy, Wayne County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and head of Diversion and Mental Health Diversion.

Moderator: Stine Grand
Speakers: Jeremy Henner, William Heaphy, Yvonne Barnett-Greene

Specialty Court Programs PDF Format
Pre-Trial Diversion Policy PDF Format
Diversion Elgibility PDF Format
Mental Health Jail Diversion - WCPO Policy PDF Format

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COMPAS at Sentencing: What it Means and How it Should Be Used at Sentencing
Friday October 31, 2014, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

The Michigan Department of Corrections plans to use COMPAS in every presentence investigation report beginning this summer. All presentence investigation reports will include risk assessment information pursuant to a new Michigan Department of Corrections' Policy. This session will incorporate the earliest reports of use at sentencing and will discuss the meaning of the COMPAS scores, reliability of the scores, limitations on their use and the constitutional and state-law objections to raise at sentencing hearings.

Moderator: Marla McCowan
Speaker: Jacqueline McCann, SADO

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Sentencing Law Update
Friday, November 14, 2014, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

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

Moderator: Dawn Van Hoek
Speaker: Anne Yantus, SADO

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Michigan Case Law Update
Friday, November 21, 2014, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Always informative! Cooley Law School Professor Ronald J. Bretz returns for his annual engagement to update what's new from the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Moderator: Samuel Churikian
Speaker: Prof. Ron Bretz

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US Supreme Court Update
Friday, December 5, 2014, 1:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Analyzing the recent decisions of the United States Supreme Court.

Moderator: Susan Reed
Speaker: Patrick Corbett

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