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Brendon Woods


CDAM members will sharpen their ability to craft clear, engaging case stories and present them with persuasive power.







Thursday, November 9, 2023 Speakers & Events

EVIDENCE BOOT CAMP E | 9:00am - 5:00pm | 8 CLE Skill Hours | $400.00


Nicole L. Smith


Harry Mihas


A IS FOR ATTORNEY | 9:30am - 5:30pm | 8 CLE Skill Hours | $400.00

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. 

Click here to register now for A is For Attorney!

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. 

Friday Speakers & Events - All Plenary Sessions 9:00-5:00pm

9:00-9:30 Stakeholder Updates by Arthur Jay Weiss, Kristen Staley, Bradley Hall, Kathy Swedlow

9:30-10:45 by Erin VanCampen

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 KEYNOTE:  ( ) by Brendon Woods 

12:00-1:00 OPTIONS:

Working Lunch -- PowerPoint for Lawyers by Kathy Swedlow

Group Lunch

Lunch on Your Own

1:00-1;30 Stakeholder Updates 


2:45-3:00 Break



KEYNOTE: Making Case Stories Come Alive presented by David Mann

Description: Davin Mann shares the secrets of crafting persuasive stories for court. He shows lawyers how or build on the facts to add a dynamic narrative arc that grabs attention and keeps it. He demonstrates how to make a story resonate by unfolding it strategically while using vocal inflection and body language to make it come alive. Attendees will sharpen their ability to craft a clear, engaging case story.


• Finding the most persuasive narrative angle on your case

 Organizing the flow of spoken material for persuasive impact

• Translating complex legal jargon into plain language

• Increasing fact-finder engagement and retention

• Creating written documents that sound right when spoken

• Projecting confidence and power in the space



               David Mann

         Saint Anthony, MN

WORKING LUNCH: SADO Web of Knowledge presented by Kathy Swedlow




             Kathy Swedlow

                Detroit, MI

PLENARY SESSION: Stakeholder Updates presented by:

Arthur J. Weiss
CDAM President

Kristen Staley
MIDC Executive Director

Bradley Hall
MAACS Administrator

Kathy Swedlow
CDRC Manager


Physics of Collision Reconstruction: Understanding the Basics

Daniel R. Billington, II

Beaver Dam, Wisconsin 


Cold Case CSC Panel Discussion on SAKI Prosecutions 

Learn about . . . 

  •  The How's and Why's of SAKI prosecutions. 
  • The reopening of CSC cases, including cases rejected by prosecutors or those the complainant did not pursue.
  • AG techniques that present special issues for defense counsel and things you should be aware of when handling a SAKI prosecution. 
  •  Motion practice strategies. 
  • An open discussion.

Presenters: Michael D. Hills; Donna Innes;  and Christin J. Mehrtens-Carlin.

Don’t be the Cowardly Lion.  Tips and Tales from the Bench and Beyond to Give You Courage in the Courtroom!

Amy Ronayne Krause

Okemos, MI

Michael D. Hills

Kalamazoo, MI

Cold Case CSC Panel Discussion on SAKI Prosecutions 

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