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.
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).
The New Veteran's Court
Friday, September 13, 2013, 12:45 PM
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
CAP-3rd Circuit Court Veterans Treatment Docket
CAP-3rd Circuit Court Veterans Treatment Docket Handout
Play Video (MP4 - 45 MB)
Great Web Sites for Criminal Defense Attorneys and How to Use Odyssey
Friday, September 27, 2013, 12:45 PM
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
30 Websites For CAP Handout
30 Websites For Lawyers PowerPoint
Play Video (MP4 - 156 MB)
Friday, October 4, 2013, 12:45 PM
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
Evidence In The Courtroom
Play Video (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
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
Contempt Hearing Checklist
3rd CC Information Sheet
FOC Information Sheet
FOC Practice Tips for Attorneys
MiSDU Temporary Payment Coupon
Practicing Tips for Attorneys Handling PPO Violations, Show Cause Hearings and Felony Nonsupport Cases
Personal Protection Order
3rd CC House Council Fees
Wayne County CC Atorney Profile Sheet
Play Video (MP4 - 218 MB)
Obtaining and Using Electronic Evidence and Social Media
Friday, October 18, 2013, 12:45 PM
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
McDoniel Social Media Article
MSU Professor Candeub PowerPoint
Social Media Evidence PowerPoint
Play Video (MP4 - 208 MB)
Do's and Don'ts of Motion Practice
Friday, October 25, 2013, 12:45 PM
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"
Do's and Dont's of Motion Practice
Play Video (MP4 - 194 MB)
Friday November 1, 2013, 12:45 PM
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
Sentencing Law Updates
Play Video (MP4 - 212 MB)
Friday, November 15, 2013, 12:45 PM
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
2012 Crime Legislation Update
2013 Crime Legislation Update
Play Video (MP4 - 145 MB)
Michigan Law Update
Friday, November 22, 2013, 12:45 PM
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
Michigan Criminal Case Law Update Nov 2012 - Oct 2013
US Supreme Court Update
Friday, December 6, 2013, 12:45 PM
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
Supreme Court Review and Preview
Driving Under the Influence of Something and Medical Marijuana
Friday, December 13, 2013, 12:45 PM
Speakers: William Maze, criminal defense attorney
Matt Abel, criminal defense attorney