Advisory Board Member
Michael Carter is the Executive Director of the Federal Community Defenders Office (FCDO) for the Eastern District of Michigan. He previously worked as an FCDO staff attorney and as a supervising attorney for the Neighborhood Defender Service (NDS) Office in Detroit, Michigan. While at NDS, Michael supervised a team of advocates, including attorneys and social workers, and oversaw the training program for court appointed lawyers in Wayne County. Michael previously spent four years as a staff attorney at the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia office where he represented indigent clients in serious felony cases. Across these roles, he has represented hundreds of clients and tried numerous criminal cases in state and federal courts in Michigan and Washington D.C.
Michael currently serves as a board member for the ACLU of Michigan Board of Directors and serves as the affiliate’s national representative. He also serves as a board member for the National Association of Federal Defenders, co-chair for the board of the Detroit Justice Center, and board member of Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM).
Michael is a graduate Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, and the University of Michigan.