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Writing for social workers, mitigation specialists subject of SADO training

The State Appellate Defender Office’s Criminal Defense Resource Center will continue its 2024 virtual lunchtime training with “Story Telling and Report Writing for Social Workers & Mitigation Specialists” on Friday, July 12, from noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Leading the training will be  Lori James-Townes, the executive director of the National Association of Public Defense. She assumed this leadership position after three years of working as assistant training director for NAPD and more than 25 years of working on defense teams representing indigent defendants.

James-Townes has more than 25 years of clinical practice, leadership, and management experience. At NAPD, she led the creation and planning of NAPD's Women's Conference, which shifted (due to COVID-19) from a 200-person live event to an 800-person virtual event headlined by Stacey Abrams. In 2021, she co-led NAPD's first-ever National Virtual Conference for Gideon Week – bringing more than 6,500 attendees together for the largest public defense training in history.

To register for the webinar, visit www.sado.org/go/StoryTelling.    Anyone with questions may email cdrc@sado.org.

Applications being accepted to join MAACS roster

The Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System (MAACS) is accepting applications from criminal defense attorneys with all levels of criminal appellate experience. MAACS roster attorneys receive reasonable and reliable attorney fees, investigation and litigation support services, legal research assistance, and a variety of resources and training.

MAACS attorneys represent indigent individuals appealing criminal convictions and delinquency adjudications from all 83 counties in the state. Attorneys may represent individuals in appeals from pleas, resentencings, and trials, as well as in post-conviction and post-adjudication proceedings. Representation will take place in circuit courts, Michigan Court of Appeals, and Michigan Supreme Court.

Roster attorneys are offered complimentary training opportunities which include an annual virtual Appellate Defender Fall Training, an annual in-person three-day Appellate Writing Workshop, biweekly case rounds, and more. New roster attorneys must complete an orientation program before accepting assignments, and all roster attorneys must complete 12 hours annually of relevant CLE training.

For additional information and access to the application, visit  www.sado.org/maacs.  Applications are due by September 13.

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