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CDAM's Summer Conference is on July 19-20, 2024 at Amway Grand Plaza, 187 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI. Attendees may earn 12 total CLE Skill Training Hours. The cost is $480 for CDAM Members and $600 for Non-Members. Those with CDAM Direct Billing Agreements Register Free. 

CDAM has two eight-hour Skill Training sessions on Thursday, July 18: A is For Attorney and Evidence Boot Camp E. The cost is $320 for CDAM Members and $400 for Non-Members. 

Your Case Issues, from 4-6pm, a CDAM Member benefit, free of charge. 

Register for CDAM's Summer Conference here!

~ At A Glance Schedule ~ 


Phoenix, AZ and Milwaukee, WI

Building Resilience: Tools to Thrive in an Inhumane System

Joy, a Chicago native, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (cum laude) from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Founded by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, SMWC is the oldest, Catholic, women's college in America.

In addition to a law degree, in 1993, she received a Master of Arts in Public Affairs/Policy Analysis, with a Women's Studies minor, from the LaFollette Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Joy attended law school at Indiana University-Bloomington and the University of Arizona. She received her Juris Doctorate from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1996.

Joy's career consistently has emphasized a commitment to service and social justice. In law school, she clerked for the Cook County Office of the Public Guardian. Working as a provisionally licensed attorney under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711, Joy handled trial court child abuse and neglect matters. She also provided research and writing to the office's long term litigation unit for a federal lawsuit against the Department of Children and Family Services.

After law school, Joy started her career as the statewide coordinator of the Wisconsin Coalition Against the Death Penalty. Then she joined the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office as an assistant district attorney.

While on assignment with the US Attorney's Office, Joy tried and won four federal jury trials and successfully litigated several Seventh Circuit appeals, including a Solicitor General appeal. Five of those cases resulted in published decisions. Those cases included one of the leading cases on mere presence (United States v. Starks) and an important decision regarding Miranda warnings and voluntariness. (United States v. Cranley)

In 2005, Joy entered private practice, emphasizing federal litigation. Her criminal practice has handled all manner of cases, from disorderly conduct and littering to white collar fraud and homicide. Her civil practice involves federal trial matters coast-to-coast. Her current practice interests include federal trial consulting, electronic discovery under the Federal Rules of Evidence, complex criminal litigation, and civil rights litigation.

Consistent with Joy's commitment to social justice for all, Joy currently serves on the Arizona State Bar Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee. She also serves on the Arizona State Bar Criminal Defense and Procedure Committee.

Joy is admitted to practice in the following jurisdictions: Wisconsin, Arizona, the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the Western District of Wisconsin, the District of Arizona, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

In October 2011, Joy graduated from the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming. She completed the Trial Lawyers College's faculty training in May 2014.

When she is not working, Joy pursues her interests in yoga, surfing, swimming, horseback riding, and animal welfare issues. Joy is a member of the St. Mary's Basilica Catholic Parish in downtown Phoenix.

Thursday, July 18, 2024 Speakers & Events

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. Click here to register now for A is For Attorney!

Tiffany DeBruin


Lisa Kirsch-Satawa


EVIDENCE BOOT CAMP F| 9:00am - 5:00pm | 8 CLE Skill Hours | $320 CDAM Member/$400 Non-Member

CDAM’s Evidence Boot Camp F, 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. Click here now to register for Evidence Boot Camp F!

Patrick Cherry


Steve Fenner


James Piazza


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 18, 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. 

    Daniel W. Grow


Rhonda B. Ives


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.

DUCK PIN BOWLING | 7:30pm buffet opens and register to bowl. Play time from 8:00-10:00pm.     

Woodrows Duck Pin Bowling! Open to All Conference Registrants. Complimentary Dinner Buffet and Soft Drinks. Cash Bar. No experience necessary. Not interested in bowling? Join us for dinner! Woodrows is located inside the Amway Grand Plaza hotel (Closest to Lyon Street entrance.)

Click this link to learn about Duck Pin Bowling!

FRIDAY and SATURDAY Speakers & Events - All Plenary Sessions (12 MIDC-compliant CLE Hours)


8:30-8:45am Pre-conference tutorial on how to use the conference Whova App (no CLE accrued).

9:00-9:20am Welcome and CDAM Update by President Bernard A. Jocuns

9:20-10:50am   KEYNOTE Building Resilience: Tools to Thrive in an Inhumane System by Joy Bertrand

10:50-11:00am Break

11:00-12:00pm The Ins and Outs of Client Centered Representation by Lauren Askew

12:00-1:00pm  LUNCH OPTIONS:

Working Lunch - Outside the Box: Motion Practice Tricks & Tips by Jordan Zuppke  

Group Lunch

Lunch on Your Own

1:00-1:20pm  Stakeholder Updates

MIDC by Deputy and Training Director Marla McCowan

SADO by SADO's CDRC Manager Kathy Swedlow

MAACS by Deputy Director Patricia A. Maceroni 

1:20-2:30pm Psychological & Neuropsychological Evaluations by Emily Escott, PsyD, LP

2:30-2:40pm Break

2:40-3:50pm  Forensic Psychological Evaluations: Competency, Insanity, and other Mental Capacities

by Sami Farhat, Ph.D.

3:50-5:00pm The Art of Compassionate Defense: Humanizing Clients to Win by Lisa Kirsch-Satawa


8:30-8:45am Preconference tutorial on how to use the conference Whova App (no CLE accrued) 

9:00-10:00am Michigan Law Updates by Jessica Zimbelman

10:00-10:45am    Do's and Don’ts from the Bench by  Hon. Andrew Kowalkowski

10:45-11:35am   9000 Ways to Beat the Intox 9000 by Michael J. Boyle

11:35-11:45am  Break

11:45-1:00pm Michigan Sentencing Guidelines by Anne Yantus

FRIDAY Morning Speakers & Events -- ALL Plenary Session


FRIDAY Morning Speakers & Events -- ALL Plenary Session


CDAM Welcome and Updates 

Bernard A. Jocuns
CDAM President

Description: CDAM President Bernard Jocuns will discuss CDAM activities in the upcoming year. 


  • 2024-2025 Board of Directors
  • CDAM Partnership with Gideon's Promise 
  • Strike Force for attorneys facing contempt of court 
  • Amicus
  • Rules and Law Committee


Building Resilience: Tools to Thrive in an Inhume System

Joy Bertand 

Phoenix, AZ


The Ins and Outs of Client Centered Representation

Lauren Askew

Marshall, MI

Description: This session will focus on how to be more client centered. Attendees will learn tips and rules on how to provide client centered representation as well as what it means to be client centered


• How to be more client centered.

• Tips on how to put the client's needs and wants first.

• How the Michigan Rules of Responsibility applies to client centered representation. 


Working Lunch

Outside the Box: Motion Practice Tricks & Tips

Jordan Zuppke, 

Royal Oak, MI

Description: Paint a picture and tell a better story in your motion. Learn techniques that will make you more convincing and help the judge better understand your issue. If you want to be a better advocate, in writing, this presentation is for you. 


  • Stop hiding your exhibits. Incorporate photos and documents INTO your motion to show the Court why you’re right.
  • Show these techniques can be used to help you achieve better results.
  • View the motion as an extension of oral argument.

FRIDAY Afternoon Speakers & Events - All Plenary Sessions


MIDC Update

Marla McCowan

MIDC Deputy and Training Director 

SADO Update

Kathy Swedlow

SADO's CDRC Manager

MAACS Update

Patricia A. Maceroni

MAACS Deputy Director 

Psychological &



Dr. Emily Escott, PsyD, LP

Royal Oak, MI

Description: This session will provide an overview of psychological and neuropsychological testing including the benefits and limitations of these types of evaluations.  Topics of primary focus will include developmental disabilities (with a particular focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders) as well as other neurocognitive conditions including dementia, brain injuries, and learning disabilities.


  Attendees will gain an improved understanding of Autism as a condition including signs and symptoms.

  Attendees will gain information about neurocognitive and developmental conditions and how those may impact behavior in a way that leaves individuals more likely to have interactions with the legal system

  Attendees will receive tips and information about how they can best support their clients with these conditions, both in and out of court, including advocacy as well as general communication with clients

• Attendees will receive guidance surrounding when psychological/neuropsychological testing may be appropriate and helpful as well as understand the limitations or pitfalls of evaluations.

Forensic Psychological Evaluations: Competency, Insanity, and other Mental Capacities

Sami Farhat, PhD.

Description: Psychological evaluations, while inherently objective, can aid defense attorneys at various junctions in the legal process. This presentation will cover a variety of evaluations, ranging from pre-trial considerations (e.g., competency to stand trial) to sentencing matters (e.g., Miller Hearings). It will go over relevant statutes, case law, and will also cover what forensic psychologists look for when evaluating criminal defendants. Finally, it will also consider the role of forensic examiners and the importance of transparency and credibility. 


  How to handle the retainment of experts in an efficient manner.

  The types of evaluations that forensic psychologists can (and cannot) do.

 The importance of forensic practitioners remaining objective and transparent

 The importance of relying on statutory language and legal precedents when arriving at forensic opinions.

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