Calendar of MDefenders Events for Winter 2022

​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: Thursday, March 17, 2022
Time: 11:55 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Location:  Jeffries Hall Room 1020

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 
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. Grab a lunch and join us to talk with Ben about his experience representing Emanuel Fair in a complicated murder case that spanned ten years.  This case is a tangled web of what can happen when there is racial profiling, shoddy police investigation, and questionable reliance on forensic DNA evidence.  (The prosecution even consulted a psychic!)  To get a sense of the case, listen to Wondery's True Crime Podcast about it.  The podcast, entitled Suspect, is only ten episodes long and is publicly available on Apple Podcasts. Professor Primus will moderate a conversation with Ben where he will talk about the case and what he learned from it.  He will also answer your questions about the case and his experiences as a public defender in Seattle.  (You don't have to listen to the podcast in advance to attend.  Ben will do a quick synopsis of the case.  But it is a really interesting and thought provoking case and a great podcast if you are willing to check it out in advance.)  We hope that you will join us!​

Lunch Talk wit​h Kaitlin Jackson Roll (Bronx Defenders)

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 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.

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

Date: Friday, April 8, 2022
Time: 11:55 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Location:  Hutchins Hall Room 138

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  
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.  Mike will talk about public defenders as investigators.  He will discuss how he investigates higher-level felony cases and talk about how to develop good investigative habits as an entry-level public defender. So grab a lunch and come with your questions to Jeffries Hall for this exciting conversation.

Lunch Talk with Andrew Dalack (Federal Defender in the Southern District of New York)

Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2022  
Time: 11:55 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Location:  Hutchins Hall Room 132

Andrew Dalack is a Michigan Law grad who currently works as a federal defender in the Southern District of New York.  He will talk about his experiences as a federal defender, the differences between federal and state defense work, and what advice he has for current law students interested in federal defense.  Students will also have an opportunity to ask questions, so grab a lunch and come with your questions.​