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SADO/MAACS - MAACS Town Hall: News, Updates, and Q&A


Time: October 9, 2020 - 3-4:30 pm
Location: Zoom

In this session, MAACS Administration will provide an update on the appellate indigent defense system and roster, including caseload trends related to the pandemic. The session will also cover recent and ongoing system reforms including online vouchering, Zoom video client visits, court rule changes, regional assignment lists, litigation and reentry support, and future goals. There will be time for questions and answers about appointed appellate practice and procedure (non-substantive). 


Faculty: Bradley R. Hall is the MAACS Administrator. Brad is a graduate of Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, where he gained practical experience working at the Southern Center for Human Rights, Cook County Public Defender Office, and Center on Wrongful Convictions. After a clerkship with Judge Nancy G. Edmunds on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, he spent eight years as a staff attorney at the Federal Defender Office in Detroit, handling trials, appeals, and habeas corpus cases. As amicus counsel for the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, he has briefed and argued several significant cases in the Michigan Supreme Court and Michigan Court of Appeals, one of which was awarded a Distinguished Brief Award by Cooley Law School. Brad is Chair of the SBM Appellate Practice Section. 

Faculty: Kathy Swedlow is the Deputy Administrator of the Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System (MAACS), a part of the Michigan State Appellate Defender Office (SADO). Prior to joining MAACS, Kathy was a Professor and Assistant Dean at WMU-Cooley Law School, where she taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Death Penalty Law, and Civil Procedure. She is the former co-director of the school’s Innocence Project and was co-counsel on the Project’s first DNA exoneration case. Kathy has also worked as an Assistant Federal Defender with the Capital Habeas Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, and as a Staff Attorney in the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second and Third Circuits. Kathy is the author of a Criminal Procedure textbook (2017) and a forthcoming Criminal Law textbook (2021); is a former contributing editor for death penalty cases for the ABA publication, Preview of United States Supreme Court Decisions; and is a current member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Silver Gavel Awards for Media and the Arts. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (B.S.) and City University of New York School of Law (J.D.).

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