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CDAM Mission Statement

To Promote Expertise in the area of criminal law, constitutional law and procedure and to improve trial and appellate advocacy; and to improve the quality of legal representation for persons brought into the criminal and quasi-criminal justice system.

To Educate the bench, bar and public of the need for quality and integrity in defense services and representation; and to promote enlightened thought concerning alternatives to the present criminal justice system.

To Guard against erosion of the rights and privileges guaranteed by the United States and Michigan Constitutions and laws.

 

CDAM Sponsors

• Seminars with a “nuts and bolts” approach to continuing legal education.

• Two-day training conferences for an intensive refresher approach to continuing legal education, including trial advocacy workshop.

 

CDAM Advocates

• By appearing as Amicus Curiae in important precedent setting cases.

• By contributing legal expertise to death penalty issues in Michigan.

 

CDAM Informs

• About legislative changes through the developing CDAM legislative network.

• By representation of the criminal defense bar’s views before State and Legislative bodies.


CDAM Bylaws

CDAM Bylaws - FINAL APPROVED 2015.pdf


The Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit and Michigan’s largest statewide criminal defense attorney organization. Each year, our organization sponsors educational opportunities at a variety of conferences, presenting some of the best and most knowledgeable speakers in their respective areas of criminal defense. We also host the Trial Practice College, a trial advocacy workshop that teaches criminal defense lawyers how to try cases to win instead of trying to win cases.

CDAM actively promotes expertise in criminal law, constitutional law and procedure and seeks to improve trial and appellate advocacy. We strive to educate the bench, bar and public of the need for quality and integrity in defense services and representation to promote enlightened thought concerning alternatives to the present criminal justice system.

We advocate on behalf of members of the criminal defense bar by appearing as Amicus Curiae in important precedent setting cases before the Michigan Supreme Court. CDAM also regularly works with lawmakers regarding legislative changes through a legislative network providing representation of the criminal defense bar’s views.

CDAM member Anne Yantus from SADO interviewed on NPR regarding court costs in Michigan

Police Try to Keep "Stingrays" that Mimic Cell Phone Towers Secret

New Recommendations Could Improve Eyewitness Testimony

Voodoo Forensic Evidence in Texas Arson Case

The Right to Remain Silent?

Episode Number 1: Introduction by William Maze and Interview with Noah Smith with Updates on Rules and Law Committee

Episode 2: F. Martin Tieber on sentencing guidelines regarding Apprendi / Lockridge; Stacia J. Buchanan on Michigan Criminal Jury Instructions

Episode 3: John Shea provides legislative updates regarding court costs and People v Cunningham with pending HB 5785 and SB 1054

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