Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan

Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan

Logo of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan

The Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) was formed in 1976 by criminal defense lawyers from across the state. One of the primary goals of the organization is to enhance the quality of representation of indigent defendants. The organization also provides training and educational resources to its members.

CDAM provides education, resources, and support to Michigan criminal defense attorneys through its spring and fall conferences and its annual trial college. CDAM also publishes a quarterly newsletter, Right to Counsel, and an annual Member Directory. In addition, CDAM provides information and support to the criminal defense community and members of all three branches of state government in Michigan. CDAM’s services and publications reach over 2,500 individuals and organizations statewide.

CDAM sponsors a series of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) conferences geared towards providing a nuts and bolts approach to helping the criminal law practitioners. The members of CDAM include both solo practitioners and attorneys in large law firms. The experience level of its members range from new to well-seasoned attorneys. Members come from both private practices and the public sector.


Benefits of Membership to CDAM

The benefits of membership to CDAM include:

  • A listing on the CDAM website designed with a "Find a Lawyer" membership directory which the public can use to search by name, area of expertise, or geographically (by city, county or zip code);
  • Networking opportunities with some of the most experienced criminal defense lawyers in Michigan;
  • Reduced costs to attend various CLE class, conferences and seminars throughout the year;
  • Opportunity to attend the annual awards banquet and signature fundraiser;
  • Participation in the Trial Practice College training program;
  • Access to the member only sections of CDAM's website which provides training materials, online video training, and member forums.

CDAM also publishes an online newsletter called "Right to Counsel" which provides criminal defense attorneys with information on the organization, legislature changes, and recent appellate decisions.


Leadership of CDAM

CDAM is governed by officers including a president, first and second vice president, secretary, and treasurer. The organization is also run by board members, an executive director and education director. CDAM also has standing committees including an amicus committee, by-laws committee, education committee, finance committee, membership committee, and rules committee.


Contact Information for CDAM:

Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM)
P.O. Box 11150
Lansing, MI 48901