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Dawn Van Hoek to Receive "Champion of Justice" Award

SADO Director Among Lawyers Honored at 2014 State Bar of Michigan Annual Banquet

The State Appellate Defender Office congratulates Director Dawn Van Hoek as one of the lawyers receiving the 2014 "Champion of Justice" Award from the State Bar of Michigan.  Each year the State Bar presents this award to lawyers who have been members of the State Bar of Michigan for at least 10 years; who have demonstrated integrity and adherence to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession; who display superior professional competence and extraordinary professional accomplishment that benefits the nation, the state, or the local community in which the lawyer lives.  Dawn will receive this award at the State Bar of Michigan awards banquet on September 17, 2014 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.   Read More


SADO Conducts Sentencing Trainings Around Michigan

SADO Offers Expertise in Training and Advocacy for Indigent Defendants

With generous grant funding from the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) SADO offers multiple free training opportunities around the State of Michigan for practitioners to stay up to date on the latest case law in an effort to provide the highest quality of representation for indigent defendants.  Assistant Defender Jacqueline McCann, principal author of the Defender Plea, Sentencing and Post-Conviction Book, was the trainer for a multi-campus event this spring to educate the defense bar on the Use of COMPAS at Sentencing.  Ms. McCann also trained in Petoskey on the Michigan Felony Sentencing Law Update, and in Marquette in an Advanced Felony Sentencing Seminar.  At the Marquette training Read more


SADO Offers Guide to Michigan Department of Corrections

Manual Designed for Attorneys to Help Incarcerated Clients

The State Appellate Defender Office is pleased to announce the release of their latest manual, intended to aid counsel in navigating the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) on behalf of their clients who are incarcerated. The principal author of this Guide is Jessica Zimbelman, an Assistant Defender with SADO since 2012. Prior to joining SADO, Jessica worked for the Legislative Corrections Ombudsman, monitoring the Michigan Department of Corrections on behalf of the State Legislature.  Read more


SADO Hosts Informational Session for Friends and Family

Four Dates Scheduled in 2015 for Detroit and Lansing

Join SADO for an Informational Session on what to expect after a loved one is convicted of a crime and sentenced to the Michigan Department of Corrections. SADO staff will be on hand to address the process of appealing a conviction and how an appeal is different from the trial or plea proceedings, and will inform attendees on the visiting policies of the MDOC, how to communicate and stay connected with your incarcerated loved ones, and more. Read more


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This project was funded by the Byrne JAG grant #2010-DJ-BX-0003, awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and administered by the Michigan state Police (MSP). Points of view or opinions contained within this document do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the MSP or DOJ.