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Friday, November 8 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
The Right to Counsel Is a Right to Effective Assistance of Counsel

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In 2008, NLADA released a study concluding that Michigan's spending on indigent defense representation was 38 percent below the national average and that this lack of funding affected the quality of indigent defense provided in Michigan. As a result, an advisory commission was formed in 2011, and the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) was created in 2013. This session will discuss the creation of the MIDC, the impacts of the MIDC for public defense in Michigan, the current state of public defense services in Michigan, and future implications. We will also talk about the creation of the Muskegon County Public Defender Office in 2014 before the MIDC standard mandate. The structure of other public defender offices in Michigan will also be discussed, including the Allegan and Van Buren County Public Defender Office in which two counties have joined to create one public defender office while meeting MIDC standards.


Chad Catalino

Director, Allegan/Van Buren County Public Defender's Office
Chad D. Catalino graduated cum laude from Michigan State University Law School in 2003. Throughout his career, Mr. Catalino has been consistently dedicated to public service where he has served in indigent defense systems across Michigan. Mr. Catalino is an experienced criminal defense... Read More →

Manda Mitteer

Holistic Defense Director/Family Division Chief, Muskegon County Office of the Public Defender
Manda Mitteer holds a Master of Social Work degree from Grand Valley State University and earned her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2008. She worked for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in child welfare for several years before attending law school... Read More →

Friday November 8, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
Nicolet A 5th Floor