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.

Appellate Defender Commission homepage and meeting information
 

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

Tom Adams, Detroit
Governor's Designee
Term expires 5/24/2020
 
 
William Caprathe, Bay City 
Michigan Judges Association Designee
Term expires 5/24/2021
 
 
Douglas Messing, Wixom 
Michigan Court of Appeals Designee
Term expires 5/24/2022
 
Thomas W. Cranmer, Bloomfield Hills
Supreme Court Designee
Term expires 5/24/2023
 
 
Thomas G. McNeill, Grosse Pointe
Supreme Court Designee
Term expires 5/24/2023
 

Judith S. Gracey, Bloomfield Hills
State Bar of Michigan Designee
Term expires 5/24/2023
 
 
Douglas Mains, Lansing 
State Bar of Michigan Designee
Term expires 5/24/2023