Current Operations

The Criminal Defense Resource Center supports hundreds of Michigan criminal defense attorneys, trial and appellate, with a wide range of web-based services, publications, phone consultation, and training events. The web-based services ( include 24/7 access to online databases (pleadings, expert testimony, and more), court opinion summaries, The Defender Books (Trial, Plea, Sentencing & Post Conviction, Motions and Habeas Books), our practice manuals (The Defender Appellate Manual, The Defender Guide to Search & Seizure in Michigan, The Defender Evidence Manual, The Defender Sentencing Guidelines Manual Annotated, The Defender Guide to Michigan's Commutation Process Manual, The Defender Guide for Attorneys: Policies and Procedures of the Michigan Department of Corrections Manual and The Reentry Guidebook) the monthly Criminal Defense Newsletter, and archives of messages exchanged in the Forum, the CDRC’s criminal defense listserv.

CDRC technology training events take place throughout Michigan each year, covering common issues and emerging techniques. And, the CDRC partners with other training providers to sponsor seminars of the Wayne County Criminal Advocacy Program (CAP), and conferences and the trial college of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM).  

CDRC operations are funded through a combination of SADO budgetary support, user fees, and grants.