F. Martin Tieber is a highly experienced criminal defense attorney who specializes in criminal appeals, post conviction proceedings including MCR 6.500 motions, and federal habeas litigation. He has recently been described by the Detroit Free Press and Michigan Lawyers Weekly as “one of the nation’s top criminal appellate experts.” For a quarter century he directed the Lansing office of the State Appellate Defender, a nationally acclaimed agency. Mr.Tieber’s appellate experience consists of hundreds of cases, and, since 1973, he has practiced in nearly all of Michigan’s trial courts, the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court, the federal district courts for the Eastern and Western Districts in Michigan, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, and the United States Supreme Court. He is admitted to practice before all of these courts. Mr. Tieber received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1972 and his law degree from Wayne State University Law School in 1975. He has served as President of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan and is a Life Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. In 2002, Mr. Tieber was recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as a Lawyer of the Year. He was instrumental in establishing Michigan’s Innocence Project in 2002 and was elected the first chair of the Innocence Project Commission. Mr. Tieber served for decades as an adjunct professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, and lectures extensively on many criminal law issues – including Michigan post conviction practice and federal habeas litigation.
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