Avoiding Ineffective Assistance of Counsel Claims in Criminal Cases

Published by Oakland County Bar Association


Ineffective assistance of counsel violates a defendant's Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial. During this seminar, our faculty will discuss common missteps at the trial level and what trial counsel can do to avoid ineffective assistance of counsel claim.

Important Information: Credit has been approved with the Oakland County Bar Association for 1.00 Criminal credit and 1.00 Juvenile credit. You cannot receive credit for viewing the on-demand video of training you attended live or through a video-viewing presentation at the OCBA office. In addition, on-demand videos will only count for CLE credit in the first calendar year in which they are viewed. To access your on-demand and live training history, go to the Quick Links section of MY OCBA or call 248-334-3400.

Michael Mittlestat
Michael Mittlestat is the Deputy Director of the State Appellate Defenders Office (SADO). He began his tenure at SADO in 2005, following federal court clerkships and seven years at the Washington Appellate Project. He also taught SADO’s Criminal...More
Katherine Marcuz
Katherine Marcuz, is an assistant defender at the State Appellate Defender Office (SADO) and an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School where she teaches Criminal Appellate Practice. She joined SADO in 2012 following a clerkship...More

Originally Published

June 17, 2020

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Video Presentation
  • Slide Deck Copy

How To Attend

Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

Technical Requirements

You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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