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.

NOTICE: ALL CAP SEMINARS WILL START AT 12:45 PM!

CLE credits are now 1.5 hours per session for
all sessions EXCEPT September 13th, 2013

(CAP attendance will be credited for September
13th, but no outside credit will be awarded).

Make Up Schedule

The New Veteran's Court
Friday, September 13, 2013, 12:45 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Jeremy Henner will provide a brief overview of the new Veterans Court, which is a specialized treatment court docket, focusing on substance abuse and mental health treatment, and providing the tools required to lead productive and law-abiding lives.

Moderator: Mark Brown
Speakers: Jeremy Henner, defense attorney

Handouts:
CAP-3rd Circuit Court Veterans Treatment Docket MS Word Format
CAP-3rd Circuit Court Veterans Treatment Docket Handout PDF Format

Video:
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 45 MB)

Great Web Sites for Criminal Defense Attorneys and How to Use Odyssey
Friday, September 27, 2013, 12:45 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Many of the tools that criminal defense attorneys need for a successful practice are available at their fingertips. This session explores free or low cost web-based resources for research, information and investigation that every criminal defense attorney should know how to use. We will also have a demonstration on the Wayne County Circuit Court's Odyssey case management system.

Moderator: Marla McCowan, CDRC Manager, State Appellate Defender Office
Speaker: Thomas M. Loeb, grievance defense lawyer

Handouts:
30 Websites For CAP Handout PDF Format
30 Websites For Lawyers PowerPoint MS PowerPoint Format

Video:
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 156 MB)

Character Evidence
Friday, October 4, 2013, 12:45 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Do you have questions about when and how character evidence can be admitted? Want to know the difference between reputation and opinion evidence? Want to know when you can use specific instances of conduct and when you cannot? Come hear Judge Randy Tahvonen tell us.

Moderator: Opolla Brown
Speaker: Judge Randy Tahvonen

Handouts:
Evidence In The Courtroom PDF Format

Video:
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 152 MB)

Felony Non Support, Personal Protection Orders, the Show Cause Docket and the Domestic Violence Prevention Court
Friday, October 11, 2013, 12:45 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, 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 Andrea Fanning.

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, House Counsel in Judge Braxton's courtroom, or for the Show Cause and PPO dockets.

Moderator: Christine Grand, defense attorney, Felony Non-Support Committee.
Speakers: Katherine Strickfaden, Domestic Violence Prevention Court
Erin Lincoln, attorney, Friend of the Court
Shelly Drain, Wayne County Prosecutor's Office PPO violations
Felicia Courtright, Assistant Attorney General
Andrea Fanning, defense attorney

Handouts:
Seminar Outline PDF Format
Contempt Hearing Checklist PDF Format
3rd CC Information Sheet PDF Format
FOC Information Sheet PDF Format
FOC Practice Tips for Attorneys PDF Format
MiSDU Temporary Payment Coupon PDF Format
Practicing Tips for Attorneys Handling PPO Violations, Show Cause Hearings and Felony Nonsupport Cases MS Word Format
Personal Protection Order MS Word Format
3rd CC House Council Fees PDF Format
Wayne County CC Atorney Profile Sheet PDF Format

Video:
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 218 MB)

Obtaining and Using Electronic Evidence and Social Media
Friday, October 18, 2013, 12:45 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Social media's presence is everywhere these days, including in the courtroom. This session surveys case law on the admissibility of evidence including Facebook posts and twitter feeds, authentication issues relating to such evidence, and limiting instructions to jurors.

Moderator: Marla McCowan, CDRC Manager, State Appellate Defender Office
Speakers: Attorney Kelly McDoniel and MSU Professor Candeub

Handouts:
McDoniel Social Media Article PDF Format
MSU Professor Candeub PowerPoint PDF Format
Social Media Evidence PowerPoint MS PowerPoint Format

Video:
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 208 MB)

Do's and Don'ts of Motion Practice
Friday, October 25, 2013, 12:45 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Do's and Don'ts of Motion Practice will feature Neil Leithauser, one of our research attorneys and also the principal author of the "Defender's Motion Book".  This seminar will point out the proper procedures for the drafting, filing and argument of motions.  You will also learn what not to do.

Moderator: Matt Evans
Speakers: Neil Leithauser, research attorney, principal author of the "Defender's Motion Book"

Handout:
Do's and Dont's of Motion Practice PDF Format

Video:
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 194 MB)

Sentencing Update
Friday November 1, 2013, 12:45 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, Director, State Appellate Defender Office
Speaker: Anne Yantus, Manager, Special Unit on Pleas & Sentencing, State Appellate Defender Office

Handouts:
Sentencing Law Updates MS Word Format
Video:
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 212 MB)

Legislative Update
Friday, November 15, 2013, 12:45 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

In December of 2012 the Michigan Legislature passed over 300 bills, including bills dealing with crimes and criminal procedure. APA Emily Corwin, of the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, will let you know what you need to know about the laws that passed during the 2012 lame duck session and beyond.

Moderator: Keith Clark
Speaker: Emily Corwin, APA, of the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office

Handouts:
2012 Crime Legislation Update PDF Format
2013 Crime Legislation Update PDF Format

Video:
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 145 MB)

Michigan Law Update
Friday, November 22, 2013, 12:45 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.

Moderator: Samuel Churikian
Speakers: Ronald J. Bretz, Professor, Cooley Law School
James Peden, Professor, Cooley Law School

Handouts:
Michigan Criminal Case Law Update Nov 2012 - Oct 2013 MS Word Format

Video:
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 143 MB)

US Supreme Court Update
Friday, December 6, 2013, 12:45 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Prof. Alan Gershel from Cooley Law School will analyze the recent decisions of the United States Supreme Court.

Moderator: Susan F. Reed, criminal defense attorney
Speaker: Alan Gershel, Professor, Cooley Law School

Handouts:
Supreme Court Review and Preview MS Word Format

Video:
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 133 MB)

Driving Under the Influence of Something and Medical Marijuana
Friday, December 13, 2013, 12:45 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Moderator: TBD
Speakers: William Maze, criminal defense attorney
Matt Abel, criminal defense attorney

Handouts:
MI MMJ Update MS PowerPoint Format
Washington vs. Baity PDF Format
Maryland vs. Consolidated_Cases PDF Format
Williams vs. Florida PDF Format
Drugged Driving PDF Format
DRE Manual Drug Matrix PDF Format

Video:
Play Video MP4 Format (MP4 - 231 MB)