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 advocated for the immediate release of five clients from prison custody and one client from jail in 2014 alone.  As Chair of SADO’s Client and Public Outreach Committee, she launched “Family Outreach Night,” a successful program aimed at helping families and friends of the incarcerated understand the appellate process and to navigate the Michigan Department of Corrections. Under her leadership, the Committee has also launched a “Re-Entry Project” and searchable re-entry service database that will help match reentering individuals with the resources and services they need to successfully transition back into society.

Marilena is the 2014 recipient of the Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer Award from the Young Lawyer’s Section of the State Bar of Michigan, awarded for her overwhelming commitment to public service, exemplary service to the State Bar, and exceptional professional accomplishments, and the 2014 Justice for All award from the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, awarded for her contribution to the criminal defense community through her work on the Detroit Crime Lab project.

She has conducted trainings for the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan and the Prisons and Corrections Section of the State Bar, and served on the Council of the Appellate Practice Section from 2011 to 2014 as a member of the section’s Good Deeds Committee. She is a member of the Michigan Appellate Bench Bar 2016 Planning Committee.

Marilena is also an active member of the community. She volunteers for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and is the captain of an annual fundraising team that has raised over $65,000 from 2009-2014, and counting. Marilena also regularly volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House of Detroit, and with various agencies that serve Detroit’s homeless community, and with the Detroit Parade Company as a “Clown Wrangler” for America’s Thanksgiving Parade. Marilena lives with her husband in the City of Detroit. In her free time she can be found playing volleyball, hanging out with children who are not her own, watching baseball and bad movies with her husband, reading, and bike riding around the City.