MI > US: Improving Legal Protections for the Accused Using Michigan’s Constitution (Zoom) BILLED

  • 05 Apr 2024
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Online
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    You must contact your local funding unit to determine if they are paying for the webinar.

    If you do not know the contact information for your court’s local funding unit, contact Deborah Mitchell at the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission at 517-657-3066 or dmitchell@michiganidc.gov. If you email, use the subject line “CDAM.”

Registration is closed

Friday, April 5, 2024 ~ 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Zoom Room Opens at 12:30pm

$40.00 /1 CLE Hour CDAM Members

$50.00 /1 CLE Hour Non-Members


This session will focus on areas in which the Michigan Constitution varies from the United States Constitution and how to use those differences to your client’s advantage. Attendees will learn about recent decisions adopting or suggesting arguments for greater protections for the accused under Michigan’s Constitution, and how to most effectively litigate these issues. 


  • Knowledge of recent decisions adopting or suggesting arguments for greater protections under Michigan’s Constitution
  • Understanding of the legal standard Michigan’s courts apply when considering arguments to expand rights using Michigan’s Constitution
  • The importance of being creative and persistent when litigating these law reform issues
  • Tips for handling adverse controlling authorities
  • The necessity of making these law reform arguments on state and federal grounds
  • The necessity of making these law reform arguments on state and federal grounds


Sofia Nelson Erin Van Campen

Sofia Nelson and Erin Van Campen work for Neighborhood Defender Service of Detroit. In addition to working as a trial public defender, Sofia is the current chair of the Michigan State Bar’s Criminal Law SectionErin is a research and training attorney, providing support to the Wayne County Assigned Counsel roster and the NDS staff. She also teaches Criminal Procedure at Wayne State Law School. They both have experience litigating creative law reform issues in Michigan’s appellate courts. This training was inspired by recent successes using Michigan’s Constitution, such as the Michigan Supreme Court decision in People v Montez Stovall, a case litigated by Sofia.

The following court funding units have direct billing agreements with CDAM and their attorneys can register free of charge (they will provide you with the free registration code, if applicable): Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Eaton, Emmet, Genesee, Grand Rapids, Hillsdale, Huron, Ingham, Ionia, Iosco, Isabella, Jackson, Kalamazoo, KCOD, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Marquette, MIDC, Monroe, Muskegon, NDS, Otsego, Ottawa,  SADO, Saginaw, St. Clair, Sanilac, Tuscola, Wayne, and Wexford-Missaukee. All others pay out of pocket and seek reimbursement from your court funding unit, if applicable.
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