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SADO Hiring Special Assistant Defender

Two Year Position Available in Wrongful Conviction Unit

State Appellate Defender Office (SADO) Wrongful Conviction Unit, funded by the Department of Justice. SADO attorneys represent 25% of indigent clients in Michigan on direct appeal or other post-conviction proceedings who wish to challenge their guilty pleas, trial convictions, or sentences.During the direct appeal, Michigan Court Rules allow for evidentiary hearings on issues implicating actual innocence, including ineffective assistance of counsel, discovery violations, and newly discovered evidence. Unfortunately, these rules have strict time limits. SADO’s Wrongful Conviction Unit is an attempt to respond to this dynamic.The Wrongful Conviction Unit Special Assistant Defender will immediately review appellate intake to look for clients
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SADO Offers Guide to Michigan Department of Corrections

Manual Designed for Attorneys to Help Incarcerated Clients

The State Appellate Defender Office is pleased to announce the release of their latest manual, intended to aid counsel in navigating the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) on behalf of their clients who are incarcerated. The principal author of this Guide is Jessica Zimbelman, an Assistant Defender with SADO since 2012. Prior to joining SADO, Jessica worked for the Legislative Corrections Ombudsman, monitoring the Michigan Department of Corrections on behalf of the State Legislature.  Read more


SADO Conducts Sentencing Trainings Around Michigan

SADO Offers Expertise in Training and Advocacy for Indigent Defendants

With generous grant funding from the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) SADO offers multiple free training opportunities around the State of Michigan for practitioners to stay up to date on the latest case law in an effort to provide the highest quality of representation for indigent defendants.  Assistant Defender Jacqueline McCann, principal author of the Defender Plea, Sentencing and Post-Conviction Book, was the trainer for a multi-campus event this spring to educate the defense bar on the Use of COMPAS at Sentencing.  Ms. McCann also trained in Petoskey on the Michigan Felony Sentencing Law Update, and in Marquette in an Advanced Felony Sentencing Seminar.  At the Marquette training 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.