Brad Hall is the new MAACS Administrator

The State Appellate Defender is pleased to announce that Brad Hall has been hired as Administrator of the Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System (MAACS). MAACS oversees the private assigned counsel roster providing approximately 70% of appellate representation, as a counterpart to the cases assigned to the State Appellate Defender Office (SADO). Mr. Hall will work with MAACS staff from an office in Lansing. MAACS was recently consolidated with SADO for management purposes, pursuant to Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 2014-18.

Brad Hall is an accomplished appellate attorney who brings a wealth of experience to the job. A graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, he clerked for the Cook County Public Defender Office, Southern Center for Human Rights, and following graduation, Judge Nancy G. Edmunds on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. For eight years, Mr. Hall has worked as a staff attorney at the Detroit Federal Defender Office, handling trials, appeals, and habeas corpus cases in federal court. An acknowledged habeas expert, he has written the Defender Habeas Book for several years. As an amicus author for the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM), he has briefed and argued two cases in the Michigan Supreme Court. Mr. Hall recently received Cooley Law School’s Distinguished Brief Award, and he has trained Michigan lawyers on many criminal law topics, presenting at numerous CDAM conferences.

Significantly, Mr. Hall’s interest in justice has included law reform efforts, including advocacy to draft legislation requiring the videotaping of custodial interrogations. He is committed to seeking reforms in the appellate assigned counsel system, through an inclusive process.

Brad Hall will take his position in early January, and can be reached at