Michigan Appellate Defender Commission

The Michigan Appellate Defender Commission is responsible for the development of a system of indigent appellate defense services which shall include services provided by the office of the state appellate defender and locally appointed private counsel.
 
The Commission will be responsible for the development of minimum standards to which all indigent criminal defense appellate services shall conform. Additionally, the Commission will compile and keep a statewide roster of attorneys eligible for and willing to accept appointment by an appropriate court to serve as criminal appellate defense counsel for indigents.
 
The commission will consist of 7 commissioners: 2 to be recommended by the state supreme court, 1 to be recommended by the court of appeals, 1 to be recommended by the Michigan Judges Association, 2 to be recommended by the State Bar, and 1 public member selected by the general public by the Governor. Each commissioner will serve 4 year terms.

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Statute 
Contact Information
Wendy Schaub
Human Resources & Office Manager
State Appellate Defender Office
Phone: (313) 256-9833
Fax: (313) 965-0372
Email: wschaub@sado.org 
 
Members   
Douglas Messing
Michigan Court of Appeals Designee
Term expires 5/24/2018
 
Thomas W. Cranmer, West Bloomfield
Supreme Court Designee
Term expires 5/24/2019
 
Thomas G. McNeill, Grosse Pointe
Supreme Court Designee
Term expires 5/24/2019

Judith Gracey, West Bloomfield
State Bar of Michigan Designee
Term expires 5/24/2019
 
Douglas Mains, Lansing 
State Bar of Michigan Designee
Term expires 5/24/2019 
 
Tom Adams, Detroit
Governor's Designee
Term expires 5/24/2020
 
William Caprathe, Bay City
Michigan Judges Association Designee
Term expires 5/24/2021