SADO names Van Hoek its director

Dawn Van Hoek has been named director of the State Appellate Defender Office. The Appellate Defender Commission made its decision at its March 16 meeting.

Van Hoek succeeds James R. Neuhard, who retired on Jan. 3, 2011.

SADO is Michigan’s only state-funded public defense agency, handling approximately 25 percent of the state’s indigent appellate assigned caseload.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Van Hoek received her law degree from Wayne State University Law School in 1976. She has worked at SADO since that time, and served as its Chief Deputy Director

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