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SADO Now Hiring Attorneys and Support Staff

Openings for two Assistant Defenders, one Paralegal and one General Clerk

The State Appellate Defender Office (SADO) is now hiring two Assistant Defenders to provide legal representation to indigent criminal defendants on appeal. Openings at SADO’s Detroit and/or Lansing locations; earliest start date of June 1, 2015. Starting salary range for entry-level: $50-55k. Attorneys with 5 or more years of criminal defense experience may apply; salary dependent on experience. Fringe benefits include health, dental, 401k, and 12 paid holidays. Read more


Appellate Defender Commission Selects Attorneys Michael A. Faraone and Christine Pagac as 2014 Award Recipients

Mr. Faraone was selected as the Levine Award recipient not only for his excellent service to his MAACS roster clients since 1992, but also for his extraordinary work in the case of People v. Levon Lee Bynum, 496 Mich. 610 (2014). Christine Pagac was selected as a recipient of the Thomas Award for her recent representation of two clients in successful exonerations, and she joined each of them for their release from prison. Read more


Marilena David-Martin is the new CDRC Manager

The State Appellate Defender Office is pleased to announce that Marilena David-Martin has been named the Manager of SADO's Criminal Defense Resource Center.  Marilena is a dedicated appellate attorney at the State Appellate Defender Office. From 2009 to 2012, she launched and managed SADO’s Crime Lab Unit, a federal grant funded unit tasked with analyzing the impact of potentially faulty Detroit Crime Lab evidence on criminal convictions following the shocking 2008 Detroit Crime Lab closure. The Crime Lab Unit was highly successful, obtaining new trials for five clients.  As an Assistant Defender, Marilena has achieved outstanding results for her clients, including exceptional resentencing results where she successfully advocate Read more


SADO Hosts Informational Session for Friends and Family

Four Dates Scheduled in 2015 for Detroit and Lansing

Join SADO for an Informational Session on what to expect after a loved one is convicted of a crime and sentenced to the Michigan Department of Corrections. SADO staff will be on hand to address the process of appealing a conviction and how an appeal is different from the trial or plea proceedings, and will inform attendees on the visiting policies of the MDOC, how to communicate and stay connected with your incarcerated loved ones, and more. Read more


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This project was funded by the Byrne JAG grant #2010-DJ-BX-0003, awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and administered by the Michigan state Police (MSP). Points of view or opinions contained within this document do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the MSP or DOJ.