Desiree M. Ferguson has been an assistant defender at the State Appellate Defender Office since 1993. She previously taught Criminal Appellate Advocacy at the University of Detroit School of Law for six years. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Spanish in 1978 and a JD in 1982. She is an active member of the National Conference of Black Lawyers and served as its national co-chair for two terms. In that capacity, she coauthored a Brief of Amicus Curiae on behalf of the Supreme Court of the United States in Gratz v. Bollinger, supporting the University of Michigan's affirmative action educational programs. She is also an active member of the National Lawyers Guild and currently serves on the board of its Michigan/Detroit Chapter. She has served on the State Bar of Michigan Criminal Jury Instruction Committee and is a member of the Criminal Law Section.