MIDC Training


The OCBA is pleased to be the sole provider of continuing legal education classes for attorneys accepting criminal defense appointments in Oakland County circuit and district courts.
Under new standards set forth by the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC), the OCBA will provide up to 12 continuing legal education credits to these attorneys free of charge. 
The OCBA will offer live and videotaped training throughout 2019. We have a great lineup of topics and speakers and we will be adding to it as the year progresses. Check back here for updates.
All seminars will take place at the OCBA offices unless otherwise noted. Seating is limited for live training so register early!

2019 Brown Bag Seminars

noon - 1 p.m. at the OCBA offices
All brown bag seminars worth one CLE credit for appointed counsel

December 7, 2018

The New Arraignment Process Under MIDC 
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. (This seminar is worth two CLE credits for calendar years 2018 and 2019) 
J. Randall Secontine, Esq., Law Office of J. Randall Secontine PLLC
Barbara  M. Hankey, M.S.A., Manager; Oakland County 
Community Corrections 
Sgt. Don Gracey, Oakland County Sheriff’s Office


January 15

A Snapshot of the Indigent Client in Oakland County
Cory Christie, Lakeshore Legal Aid

February 1

Representing the Client with Mental Illness 
8:30 a.m. - noon (This seminar is worth three CLE credits for appointed counsel) 
Oakland County Health Network Offices, 5505 Corporate Dr., Troy


February 19

Effective Use of a Polygraph
Christopher J. Lanfear, Lanfear Consulting 

March 19

Other Acts Evidence in Criminal Cases
Michael J. McCarthy, Esq.

April 16

What Questions Should You Be Asking the Medical Examiner?
Dr. Ljubisa Dragovic MD, Oakland County Medical Examiner

May 21

The Art of Writing an Effective Sentencing Memo
Hon. Michael D. Warren Jr., Oakland County Circuit Court and
Emily E. Long, Esq., Long Law PLLC


June 18

Dealing With Difficult Clients (And Their Family)
John H. Holmes, Jr., Esq.

August 20

Which Case, Which Court: District, Circuit or Federal? 
Layne A. Sakwa, Esq., Fried Saperstein Abbatt PC and
Margaret A. Scott, Esq., Secrest Wardle


September 17

PING! Use of Cell Phone Information in Criminal Cases 
Jeffrey S. Hall, Esq., Fried Saperstein Abbatt PC

October 15

Forfeiture Updates
Jorin G. Rubin, Esq., Law Office of Jorin G. Rubin, PC

November 19

State of the Law
Robyn B. Frankel, Esq.