Marla McCowan

Marla served as a public defender at the appellate level for over sixteen years at the Michigan State Appellate Defender Office, nearly four of which included overseeing grant funded training for indigent defense practitioners around Michigan in her capacity as the Manager of SADO’s Criminal Defense Resource Center and Training Director at SADO.  Marla is a long-time public defender representing clients in cases in a variety of stages of appeals and post-conviction proceedings in Michigan and federal courts, including an argument in the United States Supreme Court.  She brings experience at the practical level as well as through her participation in national-level skills courses developed specifically for public defender trainers.