EVIDENCE BOOT CAMP E | 9:00am - 5:00pm | 8 CLE Skill Hours | $320 CDAM Member/$400 Non-Member
CDAM’s Evidence Boot Camp E, ideal for lawyers with five or more years’ experience. These all-day, small group, hands-on, immersion trainings develop fast thinking skills, critical to introducing evidence in court. Limited to sixteen, paired into groups of two, attorneys work on fact patterns that focus on Rules of Evidence.It’s been said that if you know the Rules of Evidence, you can Rule the Courtroom. It’s true, and by attending an EBC, you will position yourself to Master the Courtroom.
Nicole L. Smith
A IS FOR ATTORNEY | 9:30am - 5:30pm | 8 CLE Skill Hours | $320 CDAM Member/$400 Non-Member
Experience CDAM’s acclaimed new lawyer session. Learn what a new lawyer needs to know to begin practicing criminal defense: interviewing a client, setting up a file, nuts and bolts of criminal court procedures, Q&A. Morning session is procedure, working lunch. Afternoon session is trial skills.
Lisa Kirsch Satawa
James R. Samuels
YOUR CASE ISSUES | 4pm - 6pm | No CLE Hours Issued | CDAM Members Only |Just Show Up!
Stumped on a strategy? Have questions on a case? This is your opportunity to get feedback and assistance from an experienced CDAM trial attorney. Your Case Issues on Thursday, July 20, is open to CDAM members only and is free. No reservation needed -- just show up. Check in at the registration desk and CDAM staff will direct you to the meeting room.
Rhonda B. Ives
Daniel W. Grow
CDAM BOARD MEETING | 6:15pm All CDAM members are welcome to attend. Those interested in running for CDAM’s Board of Directors must attend a board meeting within the past year.
LODGE PARTY | 7:30pm
At Shanty Creek Lakeside Restaurant. Open to All Conference Registrants. Complimentary Hors D'oeuvres; Cash Bar.
9:00-9:30am Stakeholder Updates by Arthur Jay Weiss, Marla McCowan, Patricia Maceroni, Kathy Swedlow
9:30-10:45am Fight for the Right . . . Experts: Then and Now by Erin Van Campen
11:00-12:00pm KEYNOTE: The Promise of Public Defense by Brendon Woods
Working Lunch -- SADO's Web of Knowledge by Kathy Swedlow
Lunch on Your Own
1:00-2:15pm #1 Breakout Session Options
Experts in CSC Cases by Shannon Smith
Representing Veterans in Criminal Cases by Captain Art Cody
Sing Loud, Sing Proud, Challenge That Government Expert Witness by Chandra Peterson
2:25-3:40pm #2 Breakout Session Options
Cell Phone and Social Media Analysis for Trial by Jim Amberg
Don't Sleep on the Prep by Lori James-Townes
Limiting Law Enforcement Experts by Harold Gurewitz
Technical Cross-Examinations - Revealing the Myths Behind the "Science" Chandra Peterson
#3 Breakout Session Options
3:50-5:00pm Building for Success: Selecting the Correct Medical Expert by Mary Seibold
Chill Out and Relax: Chair Yoga for Your Wellness by Marina Chupac and Jordan Zuppke
Found in Translation: Interpreting Expert Opinion to the Factfinder by Jennifer Sellitti
What Appellate Courts Say About Experts by Jessica Zimbelman
8:00-11:00pm Cocktail Party by Nationwide Interlock. Beer/Wine and Appetizers.
Arthur J. Weiss
MIDC Deputy Director and Training Director
9:30-10:45am PLENARY SESSION: Fight for the Right . . . Experts: Then and Now
Erin Van Campen
Description: This session will delve into the history of access to expert assistance in Michigan, including key legal decisions and political milestones that have shaped the landscape of expert assistance in the state. From pivotal courtroom battles to political advocacy efforts, we will examine how these successes have laid the foundation for fairer and more just legal proceedings. The presentation will also address the current process for accessing expert assistance, as well as strategic considerations in working with experts. Attendees will learn how to effectively collaborate with experts to strengthen their cases and achieve better outcomes for their clients.
Alameda County Chief
Brendon Woods, appointed in December 2012, is the first Black Chief Public Defender in Alameda County’s history. Woods has 20 years of experience in criminal defense litigation and leads 170 staff in providing superior legal defense in more than 2,000 new files monthly. Woods is committed to providing holistic representation to his clients and is a nationally recognized leader in public defense. He is a Board Member and former President of the California Public Defenders Association and was honored with the Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship for outstanding public service. From a young age, Brendon Woods had formative experiences with law enforcement –steering his life and career toward public defense. He feels fortunate to fight for those battling systems of oppression and strives to reshape the discourse and nature of public defense and criminal justice as a whole.
12:00-1:00pm GROUP LUNCH, LUNCH ON YOUR OWN, OR
WORKING LUNCH: SADO's Web of Knowledge by Kathy Swedlow
SADO's Web of Knowledge
hundred words of less: In this session, attendees will learn about the resources SADO
offers to criminal defense subscribers and how these resources can help them
with their work. We will review publications, training videos, model
pleadings, the brief bank, and the expert and misconduct databases -- as well
as a large collection of free resources SADO offers to people impacted by the
criminal legal system.
1:00-2:15pm #1 BREAKOUT SESSION -- THREE OPTIONS
Experts in CSC Cases
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Description. How to use experts in defense case, and how to use the prosecution’s people to become your experts if you don't have any.
• How to effectively direct your expert.
• Substantive info about what experts can do.
• How to deal with not having a defense expert.
• Effective cross-exam techniques for prosecution witnesses to make them your experts.
• How to prepare for the prosecution witnesses that you will use to win your case.
Sing Loud, Sing Proud: Challenge That Government Expert Witness
Description: Emerging technology in criminal cases is full of ideas and opinions that pass for “science” in the courtroom. This session will provide a framework for how to prepare and execute a cross-examination of an expert witness as well as reveal some of the prevailing myths and assumptions that can be undercut through cross-examination. The ability to dispel these myths depends on one’s own mastery of the science, one’s ability to form effective relationships with one’s experts and the Government experts and understanding what areas of the “science” are ripe for cross-examination. These areas are the focus of this session.
• Participants will understand the importance of preparation when crossing an expert witness and how it is different than preparing for the cross of an agent or lay witness.
• Participants will understand that technical cross preparation must include educating yourself (likely to include consulting with an expert), making specific and complete requests for discovery, and interviewing the government’s witness.
• Using a Daubert framework, participants will learn how to break down a “science” into digestible areas of cross.
• Participants will be able to identify differences between cross examining an expert witness during a Daubert Hearing versus in front of a jury.
Representing Veterans in Criminal Cases
Captain Art Cody
New York, New York
Description: The military experience, particularly if it involves combat, indelibly shapes the veteran, and often has significant causal or mitigating implications. At core, the lawyer’s role and obligation in a veteran’s case is to investigate and tell that vet’s story -- to translate this uncommon experience into a human narrative that not only engenders the comprehension of a prosecutor, judge, jury but also evokes their compassion. This practical instruction will assist lawyers by exploring the veteran experience, acquiring and interpreting military records, interview techniques, and the use of a military expert to obtain a better disposition for the veteran client.
• Introduction to military culture.
• Legal Professional – veteran interaction.
• Obtaining/ Interpreting Veteran Records.
• Interviewing the Chain of Command.
• Online Resources
2:25-3:40 #2 BREAKOUT SESSION -- FOUR OPTIONS
Cell Phone and Social Media
Analysis for Trial
Royal Oak. MI
Description: Jim will discuss his strategies and tips when analyzing cell phone and other electronic evidence. Jim will also discuss the analysis of social media in the context of trial preparation.
• How to review Cellebrite phone records
• Strategies in cell phone analysis
• Online investigation strategies
• Social media investigation strategies
Don't Sleep on the Prep
Description: Prepping expert witnesses is a crucial aspect of our role as defenders. It establishes the foundation for strong legal representation and can greatly impact the outcome of a case. The strategic use of expert testimony is an essential tool in bending the scales of justice in favor of those falsely accused or in need of a fair trial.
In this training session, we will cover the key reasons why preparing expert witnesses is vital. The presenter has testified over 70 times in capital and non-capital cases throughout the country and will share, from the witness’s perspective, best practices.
Moreover, we will discuss the essential components that should be included in the preparation process to ensure an effective collaboration between attorneys and their expert witnesses.
Take-Aways• Identify the essential steps involved in effectively preparing defense expert witnesses, including case analysis, communication, and confidence building.
• Learn useful techniques and strategies to enhance the credibility and persuasiveness of expert witness testimony.
• Learning useful techniques to share information and demonstrative aids through the testimony of your witness.
• Discuss issues related to credibility, clarity in the expert testimony, and identifying and handling potential challenges.
Limiting Law Enforcement Experts
Technical Cross-Examinations -
Revealing the Myths Behind
Description: Admission of junk science and the misuse of suitable science happens through the government’s expert witnesses. Defense attorneys must consistently and zealously fight to prevent this. This session will provide attorneys with litigation strategies and tools for each phase of the case from the moment the expert notice lands on your desk through the Daubert hearing. We will focus on pre-trial litigation and issues attorneys should be raising prior to trial. This session is complimentary to the technical cross-examination session which will focus on the execution of the cross-examination of the expert.
• Information is power. Participants will learn what resources are available and useful for different areas of science and how to craft effective discovery requests to get information from the government.
• Participants will learn what areas are “ripe” for challenge when it comes to expert testimony – the presentation will use a pattern evidence example (handwriting), but the formula is the same for any kind of expert – from DNA to cellphone towers.
• Participants will learn how to use the Daubert factors to litigate areas “ripe” for challenge – ranging from the science itself, to the methods and tools, and the expert themselves