SADO'S Juvenile Lifer Unit seeks legal and mitigation interns

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

SADO's Juvenile Lifter Unit (JLU) is seeking legal and mitigation interns to help with client intake, record collection, record review and analysis, and initial legal advocacy for individuals who are newly eligible for resentencing hearings.  Read more


The ABA’s Revised Ten Principles of Public Defense Delivery Systems: How Michigan is Meeting the Core Best Practices through Funding and Reform Established by the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission.

From the January 2024 Criminal Defense Newsletter

More than two decades ago, the American Bar Association (ABA) “saw the need to adopt a succinct policy that laid out the fundamental criteria for an effective public defense delivery system” consistent with the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as well as the body of caselaw that developed after Gideon v Wainwright. Read more


Breaking News: Decision holding mandatory life without parole unconstitutional for 18-year-olds is declared retroactive

People v Poole (Docket No. 352569) decided January 18, 2024

The State Appellate Defender Office celebrates today’s outcome for our client John Antonio Poole. As an 18-year-old child, Mr. Poole was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Now in his 40s, Mr. Poole has a chance at freedom.  Read more


MAACS seeks summer interns/externs

Applications are due by 3/1/24 at 5 PM

The Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System (MAACS), a division of the State Appellate Defender Office (SADO), seeks first- and second-year law students for internship and externship opportunities during the summer of 2024. Read more


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