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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 Hosts Informational Session for Friends and Family

Next Sessions are September 10 in Lansing and September 11 in Detroit

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 a criminal appeal, visiting policies of the MDOC, how to communicate with an inmate housed in the MDOC, and will provide a list of basic resources for clients and their families. 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.