Welcome to the website of the Federal Defender Office for the Eastern District of Michigan
The Federal Defender Office (FDO) is one of three offices under the umbrella of the Southeast Michigan Administrative Services Group (SEMASG): the Legal Aid & Defender Association, Inc. (formerly the Civil Law Group, established in 1909); the Metropolitan Justice Center of Southeast Michigan - State Defender Office, established in 1968; and the Metropolitan Justice Center of Southeast Michigan - Federal Defender Office, established in 1972. We are a community defender organization providing court-appointed representation to indigent defendants charged with federal crimes in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. We have two locations: a main office in Detroit and a branch office in Flint, Michigan. We handle case assignments in the Detroit, Ann Arbor, Port Huron, Flint and Bay City, Michigan, U.S. District Courts. .