Daily Briefs

‘Evidence Boot Camp’ offered in-person Dec. 10

The Criminal Defense Association of Michigan will present “Evidence Boot Camp D” on Friday, December 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in person at the State Appellate Defender Office, 3031 W Grand Blvd., Suite 450, in Detroit.

Attendees do not have to take prior Boot Camps to attend this Boot Camp.  Speaking at the hands-on small group training will be Harry Mihas and Nicole Smith of Smith Mihas PLLC.

Mihas is an expert in criminal defense and family law in both trial and appellate courts. He was a staff attorney to U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Gerald W. Heaney, Eighth Circuit, and clerked for U.S. District Court Judges John Feikens, George Caram Steeh, and John Corbett O’Meara, Eastern District of Michigan. He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to his legal career, Mihas was a television news producer and writer at WXYZ and WDIV in Detroit.

Smith has over a decade of experience in Family Law, Criminal Law, Estate Planning, and Probate Law.  She is a former executive board member of CDAM; a member of the Family Law Section and Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan; and is a member of the Hellenic Bar Association, Wayne County Family Law Bar Association, Wayne County Criminal Bar, and the Downriver Bar Association (former president  2006 -07).  Smith earned her law degree from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and her Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University.

Cost for the online training is $240. Participants will earn 8 skill or annual hours.  To register for the training, visit https://cdam.wildapricot.org.


Michigan Judicial Institute webinar looks at helping families Dec. 14

The Michigan Judicial Institute (MJI) is pleased to offer the webinar “Moving Families from Surviving to Thriving” on Tuesday, December 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. via Zoom.

The conventional and traditional approach to working with families relies on a deficit approach with a concentration on risk factors. Webinar attendees will learn about how a strength-based approach is different and how it can move families from surviving to thriving.

This training is intended for all child welfare professionals including jurists, court staff, prosecutors, attorneys, Lawyer Guardians Ad Litem, CPS and foster care workers, tribes, private agencies, law enforcement, mental health providers, and education professionals.

Speaking at the webinar will be Maureen Hollocker, lead trainer, Children’s Trust Fund Alliance; and LaCrisha Rose, parent partnership associate, Children’s Trust Fund Alliance.

To register for the webinar, visit https://mjieducation.mi.gov and click on “events.”

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