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 12:30 PM!

CLE credits are now 1.5 hours per session.

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

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

Tips and Tricks from a Social Worker to Prepare your Case
Friday, September 19, 2014, 12:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Moderator: Marla McCowan
Speaker: Nicole George and Jacqueline Ouvry, SADO

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

Moderator: Opolla Brown
Speaker: Dr. Carl Schmidt

Cell Phone Science
Friday, October 10, 2014, 12:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium



Moderator: Tom Loeb
Speakers: Ryan Harmon

Collateral Consequences
Friday, October 17, 2014, 12:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Moderator: William Winters III
Speakers: Stuart Freidman

Specialty Courts
Friday, October 24, 2014, 12:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

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

What every attorney needs to know about COMPAS
Friday October 31, 2014, 12:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Moderator: Marla McCowan
Speaker: Jacqueline McCann, SADO

Felony Sentencing Update
Friday, November 14, 2014, 12:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Moderator: Dawn VanHoek
Speaker: Anne Yantus, SADO

Michigan Case Law Update
Friday, November 21, 2014, 12:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Moderator: Samuel Churikian
Speakers: Prof. Ron Bretz

US Supreme Court Update
Friday, December 5, 2014, 12:30 PM
C.A.Y.M.C. Auditorium

Moderator: Susan Reed
Speakers: Dave Moran