LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Frank Eaman of Huntington Woods, Brandy Robinson of Detroit, John Shea of Chelsea, and Michael Swor of Grosse Pointe Woods, to the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission.The commission was created to improve legal representation for low-income criminal defendants. In October 2011, Snyder issued Executive Order 2011-12, establishing the initial Indigent Defense Advisory Commission, responsible for recommending improvements to the state’s legal system. These recommendations served as the basis for legislation to address this need and called for the 15-member Indigent Defense Commission that the governor signed into law in July 2013.
“A key principle of the judicial system is that every citizen has a right to competent legal counsel,” Snyder said. “I am confident these members will continue to serve our state well on this commission.”
Members will serve four-year terms expiring April 1, 2020. Their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. Read Details
Frank Eaman is a distinguished criminal defense attorney who represented clients in criminal cases, trials and appeals, since 1971. Mr. Eaman was an adjunct law professor at Cooley Law School for more than 10 years, and an instructor at the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Trial College for the same length of time. Hundreds of criminal defense lawyers throughout Michigan have been taught the skills needed to be a competent trial attorney by Mr. Eaman. Mr. Eaman is also one of the commissioners for the Indigent Defense Commission. See Resume
Suzan Gabbara first joined Frank Eaman, as an intern at the beginning of 2012, and later that year joined the firm as an attorney. She distinguished herself at Cooley Law School, graduating with honors. Now as managing partner, Ms Gabbara brings additional skills to the firm as she is admitted to practice in the immigration courts, and also represents clients in divorce, custody, and business matters. Ms. Gabbara is fluent in English, Arabic, and Aramaic and is able to communicate in German. From her first days at the firm, she has assisted Mr. Eaman in complex criminal trials and appeals, and been instrumental in the results achieved for our clients. Ms. Gabbara is also an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, teaching the Criminal Trial Clinic and supervises students in court. See Resume
Suzan Gabbara first came to Frank D. Eaman, PLLC, as an intern at the beginning of 2012, and later that year joined the firm as attorney. Read More
The main office of the firm is located in Troy, Michigan. Mr. Eaman has represented clients in state and federal courts throughout the state of Michigan. He is also admitted to practice in the Second Circuit in New York. The firm has an office in Oakland County, and colleagues in both Oakland and Macomb County, so that arrangements can be made to meet clients in those counties if it is more convenient. Both Mr. Eaman and Ms. Gabbara have represented clients in other counties in the State of Michigan, Mr. Eaman has represented clients in other states, and Ms. Gabbara is admitted to immigration court which permits her to appear in any immigration court in the United States.
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