The Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System (MAACS) administers the system for appointing criminal appellate counsel in all Michigan circuit courts, from a roster of private attorneys and the State Appellate Defender Office (SADO). Approximately 75% of indigent felony appeals are assigned to the MAACS roster, while approximately 25% of cases are assigned to SADO.

In Administrative Order 2014-18, the Michigan Supreme Court consolidated MAACS with SADO for management purposes.

Minimum Standards - Effective 2005
MAACS Regulations - Effective September 20, 2017
Administrative Orders (No. 1981-7, 1989-3, 2004-6, 2014-18, 2014-18 amended, 2015-9)
Annual Reports

Contact MAACS
Bradley R. Hall, Administrator
200 N. Washington Sq., Suite 250
Lansing, MI 48913
Phone: (517) 334-1200

Dawn Van Hoek, Appellate Defender
Bradley R. Hall, MAACS Administrator (hallb@mimaacs.org)
Kathy Swedlow, MAACS Deputy Administrator (swedlowk@mimaacs.org)
Maria Rosa J. Palmer, Office Manager (palmermr@mimaacs.org)
Sabrina Schneider, Roster Coordinator (schneiders@mimaacs.org)
Jane Doyle, Assignment Coordinator (doylej@mimaacs.org)

Regional Pilot Project
In September 2015, the Supreme Court authorized “a one-year pilot project to assess the feasibility, costs, and benefits associated with structural reforms currently under consideration for permanent statewide implementation.”  Learn more about the pilot project.

Pilot Project First-Year Report and Call for Expansion (October 2016)

MAACS in the News

"Attorneys get better pay, more oversight in State Program"
Lansing State Journal, December 5, 2016 (PDF)

"Innovative Appellate Investigation Project Launched"
Detroit Legal News, January 27, 2016 (PDF)

"Katherine Marcuz on the Appellate Investigation Project"
Detroit Legal News, March 31, 2016 (PDF)

"A sidebar with . . . Kathryn R. Swedlow"
Michigan Lawyers Weekly, May 9, 2016

"Attorney helps patch up Assigned Counsel System"
Detroit Legal News, May 11, 2015 (PDF)

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