At a Glance ...

‘Investigator Tools’ explored in
SADO online program

The State Appellate Defender Office and the Criminal Defense Resource Center, along with West Michigan Regional Investigators Association, will present the webinar “Investigator Tools” on Thursday, April 4, from noon to 1:30 p.m. via Zoom.  

Speaking at the webinar will be Beverly Knox, investigator, Federal Community Defender of the Eastern District of Michigan.

To register,, visit and click on “Upcoming Events.” Questions ay be directed tot CDRC Manager Kathy Swedlow at

‘Section 1983 and Qualified Immunity’
focus of FBA event

The Civil Rights Section of the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, will present Civil Rights Étouffée on the Road in Detroit with “Nuts and Bolts on Section 1983 and Qualified Immunity: (Nearly) Everything There is to Know” on Friday, April 5, from 11:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Detroit Room of the Theodore Levin Courthouse in Detroit.

The program will begin with lunch guest speaker Prof. Alexander A. Reinert, the Max Freund Professor of Litigation and Advocacy at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

U.S. District Court Judge Judith Levy will introduce the afternoon event, explaining the importance of Section 1983 cases to the court as the largest portion of the docket as well as the sub
stance of the cases. The panel will address a range of topics related to Section 1983 litigation. Panelists include Levy, U.S. District Court Judge Terrence G Berg, U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Elizabeth A. Stafford, Cary S. McGehee, Nolan J. Moody, Michael Hanchett, Assistant Attorney General Adam de Bear, and moderator Robin Wagner.

The program is free for FBA members and non-members (suggested donation is $20).  

To register, visit and click on “calendar.”

‘Pretrial Release’ webinar series
continues April 10

The Michigan Judicial Institute (MJI) will present “Pretrial Release, Part 2: Strategies, Considerations, and Procedural Fairness Webinar” Wednesday, April 10, from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom.

This webinar will offer a framework for making pretrial release determinations, explore various non-financial and financial conditions for release, and considerations for how pretrial release determinations intersect with procedural fairness.

To register, visit and click on “events.”

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