Calendar of MDefenders Events for Winter 2022

Lunch Talk with Kaitlin Jackson Roll (Bronx Defenders)

Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Time: 11:55 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Location:  Jeffries Hall Lounge

Kaitlin Jackson Roll is a Michigan Law grad who currently works as a supervising attorney at the Bronx Defenders and previously worked as a public defender in Nassau County in New York. She will talk about what drew her to public defense, how the offices that she has worked in are different (holistic versus traditional defense; resource differences; etc.), and she’ll tell you what she wished she knew before she started the job. So grab a lunch and come with your questions to Jeffries Hall for this exciting conversation.

MDefenders February Monthly Meeting:  Dealing with Office Culture

Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Time: 11:55 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Location:  Jeffries Hall Lounge

Each month the MDefenders group comes together to talk and learn about subjects particular to public defenders. Our February meeting is entitled "Dealing with Office Culture." Grab a lunch and join us to talk about how to navigate office politics and deal with public defense supervisors who are not supportive of creative approaches to advocacy. We will discuss how to change office culture over time and the importance of looking for good office culture when you are searching for public defender jobs.

MDefenders March Monthly Meeting:  Cross Examining Police Officers

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Time: 11:55 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Location:  Jeffries Hall Lounge

Each month the MDefenders group comes together to talk and learn about subjects particular to public defenders. Please join us for our March meeting where we will talk about how to effectively cross examine police officers.  We will talk about how to craft effective cross examination questions, ways to impeach officers, and how to use cross examination to further your defense theory of the case.  

Course Selection Advice for Students Interested in Public Defense

Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2022 (TENTATIVE - this session may be moved depending on when the course schedules become available)
Time: 11:55 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Location:  Jeffries Hall Lounge

Come learn more about the different course offerings -- what classes and clinics you should take if you want to do indigent defense. 2L & 3L MDefenders will talk to you about different classes (and the different professors who teach them) so this is your chance to ask all of those questions that you don't want to ask on LawOpen.  

Lunch Talk with Benjamin Goldsmith (King County Department of Public Defense in Seattle, WA)

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2022 (Tentative)
Time: 11:55 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Location:  Jeffries Hall Lounge

Benjamin Goldsmith is a Michigan Law grad who currently works as a supervising attorney in the King County Department of Public Defense in Seattle, Washington.  TOPIC TBD. 

How to Make the Most of Your Summer Job in a Public Defender's Office

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Time: 11:55 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Location:  Jeffries Hall Lounge

How do you make the most of a summer internship in a public defender's office?  Grab a lunch and come hear from 2L and 3L students about what they did to learn the most during their summer internships.

Lunch Talk with Michael Kabakoff (Mecklenberg Defenders in Charlotte, NC)

Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2022  (Tentative)
Time: 11:55 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Location:  Jeffries Hall Lounge

Michael Kabakoff is a Michigan Law grad who currently works as a public defender for the Mecklenberg Defenders in Charlotte, North Carolina.  TOPIC TBD.