The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission was recently awarded the Byrne JAG Grant to create simulated trial exercises in regions of the state where trials are not common (Western MI, Mid-MI, Northern MI) in order to offer experience and skills training to attorneys in anticipation of Standard 7’s qualification requirements.

This grant-funded trial skills simulation project will be offering four three-day programs throughout the State of Michigan to attorneys who represent indigent defendants within the state. Each program will offer hands-on experience to the participants in the areas of voir dire, opening statements, cross examination, direct examination, and closing arguments.

Participants will earn up to 24 hours of CLE credit for participation in the full program, and the program will satisfy the skills training requirements of Standard 1.

To be eligible for participation in the program, you must be a licensed attorney representing indigent defendants within the State of Michigan. You must plan to participate in the entire three-day program.

Each program is limited to 18 participants. A wait-list will be compiled once the program is full.

Registration is now open for three of the programs: 

Isabella County August 7-9

Marquette County August 14-16 (sign up now – only 7 seats remaining!)

Sanilac County September 4-6

Dates and location for the fourth program will be announced soon!