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CDAM Spring Conference 2023
March 10 & 11, 2023

The Game of Fundamental Rights: Your Rights, Your Way

  • A is for Attorney Skill Training - March 9; 9:30-5:30pm. Separate Registration & Fee.
  • Your Cases Issues - March 9; 4-6pm. CDAM Members Only. No Reservations Necessary.
  • CDAM Conference - March 10 & 11. Friday 9-5pm; Saturday 9-1pm. Register here.

Auburn Hills Marriott, Pontiac | Pontiac, MI | Rates start at $129 at the host hotel and rates are good through March 1, 2023 (pending availability for the lowest rates). Click here to reserve a hotel room!

Conference Price: $360 | CLE Hours Accrued: 12.0

Keynote Speaker: William H. Murphy, Jr.  Fundamental Rights: Spin To Win, Your Life, Your Way (Baltimore, MD)

Founder and senior partner of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy, former judge William H. “Billy” Murphy, Jr. stands on a respected legacy of legal counsel. He has been a Baltimore trial attorney for decades, aggressively and effectively handling a broad range of ongoing cases.

With a 90% success rate in state court cases, Billy Murphy knows how to navigate complex legal matters. He also holds a 40% success rate in federal cases, which is four times higher than the national average (9%). His 40+ years of practice in and out of the courtroom have equipped him to advocate for clients from all backgrounds and walks of life.

Boasting a reputation as an expert litigator with a calm, calculated approach, Billy Murphy prides himself on getting to the truth. When you ask those who know him well to describe the man who leads a majority of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy’s toughest cases, you’ll hear the words “imaginative,” “leader,” “calm,” and “team builder.”


Judge Murphy is most energized when battling the powerful to protect the rights of the innocent and under-represented. He is legendary among trial lawyers for his creative, systematic approach. He commands every situation in the court, out-strategizing and out-working other attorneys time and time again. Cross-examining witnesses is a strong suit for Judge Murphy, and has led to many courtroom victories for his clients.

“In court, you only know, at best, 60% of what’s going to happen. The other 40% is unexpected. You state your theme. Then you improvise and, at the end, restate the theme,” he says.

His mastery of the law has helped Judge Murphy secure positive results for the individuals and corporations he has represented throughout the last several decades.


One of Billy Murphy’s most notable victories became a legendary case in sports history, attracting attention throughout the country.

Murphy was representing boxing promoter Don King, who faced wire fraud charges brought on by a UK-based bank for allegedly fraudulently claiming $350,000 of refunds from a canceled boxing match. Billy Murphy aggressively defended his client, utilizing his extensive knowledge of the case and relentless cross-examination of Mr. King’s former accountant to get all nine counts dismissed.

Another notable victory involved Murphy, Falcon & Murphy’s representation of numerous homeowners in a case against Constellation Energy. The firm secured a $54 million settlement in 2008 for homeowners whose drinking wells were contaminated by coal ash.

Thursday Speakers & Events
Thursday, March 9, 2023

A IS FOR ATTORNEY | 9:30am - 5:30pm | 8 CLE Skill Hours | $240.00

Experience CDAM’s acclaimed new lawyer session. Learn what a new lawyer needs to know to begin practicing criminal defense: interviewing a client, setting up a file, nuts and bolts of criminal court procedures, Q&A. Morning session is procedure, working lunch. Afternoon session is trial skills. Click here to register now for A is For Attorney!

Lisa Kirsch Satawa, Faculty

James R. Samuels, Faculty

YOUR CASE ISSUES | 4pm - 6pm | No CLE Hours Issued | CDAM Members Only |Just Show Up!

Stumped on a strategy? Have questions on a case? This is your opportunity to get feedback and assistance from an experienced CDAM trial attorney.  Your Case Issues on Thursday, March 9, is open to CDAM Members-only and is free. No reservation needed -- just show up. Check in at the registration desk and CDAM staff will direct you to the meeting room.

Rhonda B. Ives, Faculty

Jerome Sabbota, Faculty

CDAM BOARD MEETING | 6:15pm                                                                                                                                                    All CDAM members are welcome to attend. Those interested in running for CDAM’s Board of Directors must attend a board meeting.

Friday Speakers & Events
Friday, March 10, 2023: 9:00am-5:00pm

Below are the amazing speakers and presenters for this year's Spring Conference!

PLENARY SESSION: Stakeholder Updates presented by:

Arthur J. Weiss,
CDAM President

Bradley Hall,
MAACS Administrator

Kristen Staley,
MIDC Exec. Director

Kathy Swedlow, 
CDRC Manager

PLENARY SESSION: Gold You Can Get from Police and First Responders presented by:

Rick HetheringtonFlint, MI

Michael L. SteinbergRoyal Oak, MI

Dennis G. WhittieFerndale, MI

Description: Learn about in-depth information that can be obtained from police personnel and MCOLES files; how to identify key information on emergency medical support reports; errors resulting in police retraining; salient points that should appear in a police report and how to recognize gaps missing from reports; and more!


False Confessions: Did I Really Say That? presented by:

Harry Mihas, Detroit, MI


Juvenile Law: The New Road Ahead presented by:

Joshua Pease, Lansing, MI


Work Product v FOIA: Discovering Hidden Gems presented by:

Issa G. Haddad, Bingam Farms, MI

BREAKOUT SESSION: You Can Always Get What You Want -- Ideas for Obtaining Discovery to Win Your Case presented by:

Kurt E. Krause, Okemos, MI

Marisa VinskyOkemos, MI


Competency to Proceed in Juvenile Court presented by: 

Dr. Carol Holden, Ann Arbor, MI


Voir Dire by Ven presented by: 

Ven Johnson, Detroit, MI

BREAKOUT SESSION: The Death of DRE in Michigan (At least for Now) presented by:

Barton W. Morris, Jr., Royal Oak, MI

David Rudoi, 
Royal Oak, MI

BREAKOUT SESSION: Chill Out and Relax: Yoga and Wellness for You and Your Client presented by:

Marina Chupac, Royal Oak, MI

Jordan A. Zuppke, Royal Oak, MI

Interactive Class: No experience necessary. Dress comfortably.


Crafting the Message – How to Manage the Message 

presented by:

William H. Murphy, Jr., Baltimore, MD


Prosecuted for Doing My Job: Surviving an Overreaching Prosecutor: What Happens When A Prosecutor Indicts the Defense Attorney presented by: 

Joshua Treem, Baltimore, MD

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