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Friday, November 8 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Reentry in Rural Areas: How to Advance Holistic Defense

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As several public defender offices are now being created in Michigan, many indigent clients live in rural areas that do not have the resources or accessibility to services that are key components to implementing holistic defense. This workshop will discuss the barriers that have been encountered by the Muskegon, Allegan, and Van Buren County Public Defenders Offices and how the offices have worked to resolve the barriers. We will share experiences of overcoming barriers, including the struggles faced with stakeholder buy-in, client engagement, and creating community partnerships.


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 4:15pm - 5:45pm EST
Nicolet A 5th Floor