Training and Resources


SADO/CDRC Subscription Information and Westlaw Package
MAACS Attorneys receive greatly discounted subscription rates to www.sado.org and its resources and services produced by SADO's Criminal Defense Resource Center. Yearly subscriptions run from October 1st through September 30th.

MAACS lawyers can take advantage of one of the following discounted services:

MAACS Westlaw and Research Plus Web Subscription - $250 annually. (Valued at over $3,000). Web access at www.sado.org as described below  and personal Westlaw login credentials that will allow unrestricted access to all state and federal case law and secondary legal sources and more.

MAACS Research PLUS Web Subscription - $50 annually. (Valued at $190). Web access at www.sado.org including access to SADO’s Brief Bank, monthly emailed copies of the Criminal Defense Newsletter and appellate decision summaries, online and PDF access to the most current Defender Trial, Plea & Sentencing, Motions and Habeas Books, Expert Witness Database with testimony, video archive of training events, and practical manuals, including the “Defender Guide for Attorneys:  Policies and Procedures of the Michigan Department of Corrections” and the “Defender Guide to Michigan’s Commutation Process.” Plus a Misconduct Database and 24 hour access to a highly active Forum (criminal defense attorney-only e-mail and web-based discussion group) with over 400 criminal defense attorney subscribers.

Trainings
MAACS and CDRC are committed to providing high quality training opportunities to members of the roster. Trainings for MAACS Roster Attorneys take place throughout the year, in various locations across the state, and through webinars and live stream.

Upcoming trainings for 2017 include:

  • Appellate Writing Workshop, May 18-20, 2017 (Detroit)
  • New Attorney Orientation, October 19, 2017 (Detroit)
  • Fall Training, October 20, 2017 in Detroit or October 27, 2017 in Lansing

MAACS Case Rounds
MAACS Case Rounds is a way for MAACS attorneys to enter into a virtual meeting with fellow MAACS attorneys to discuss case issues, brainstorm, strategize, and offer advice right from the comfort of your home or work computer. Groups will be limited to 5-6 attorneys. Each attorney will have an opportunity to discuss his or her case issues. The service is complimentary to MAACS attorneys. All you need to participate is a computer or mobile device with a camera and a microphone. See the flyer for details.

For information on upcoming case round sessions, email Marilena David-Martin at mdavid@sado.org.

Past Trainings

Past Roster Attorney Orientations and Annual Trainings (Must be a SADO/CDRC Subscriber to access. Contact Heather Waara at hwaara@sado.org for access).

2015 Appellate Writing Workshop

The first annual Appellate Writing Workshop was held in Detroit on December 3-5, 2015. Sixteen attendees participated in the three day workshop, which focused on writing and storytelling techniques, issue spotting and development, developing case theories and legal analysis, technical writing skills and research tips, appellate procedures, client relationships and practical oral advocacy skills. In small group sessions, participants used a mock transcript to draft a statement of facts, issue headings, and legal analysis with feedback from participants and instructors. Instructors and small group leaders included:  Brad Hall (MAACS), Valerie Newman (SADO), Marilena David-Martin (SADO), and John Zevalking (MAACS).

Participants rated the conference extremely well, remarking:

"I can't say enough positive things about my experience in this workshop. I actually sent a text message to a friend on the MAACS list telling her to make sure she signs up next time the workshop is offered before leaving the parking lot Saturday after the training!"

"The seminar was life-altering for me. I learned new ways to analyze my cases, to write briefs, and to prepare for oral arguments, as well as new methods to develop and maintain good client relationships."

"Every one of the instructors was kind, knowledgeable, and seemed eager to help us become better appellate attorneys. Their energy made it enjoyable to be there, even on a Saturday morning."

"I had an amazing time."

"It was well worth my time to attend and I look forward to future conferences."


2016 Appellate Writing Workshop

The second annual Appellate Writing Workshop was held in Detroit on October 27-29, 2016. Sixteen attendees participated in the three day workshop. In small group sessions, participants used either their own case or a mock transcript to draft a statement of facts, issue headings, and legal analysis with feedback from participants and instructors. Instructors and small group leaders included:  Brad Hall (MAACS), Marilena David-Martin (SADO), Kathy Swedlow (MAACS), and Jessica Zimbelman (SADO).