Steven Kaplan

Adjunct Professor
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

  • Biography

    Professor Steven Kaplan received a Bachelor of Arts from Oakland University and a JD from the Detroit College of Law. Following judicial clerkships and private practice, Professor Kaplan joined the office of the Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney in 1986. He was an Assistant prosecuting attorney for 26 years in Macomb County and Wayne County and prosecuted more than 100 homicide jury trials. He has also worked as a staff attorney for a Michigan Court of Appeals Judge and for a U.S. District Court Judge. In 2000, Professor Kaplan was elected Township Trustee for West Bloomfield Township and is currently serving as the elected, full-time township supervisor for West Bloomfield Township. Additionally, he has engaged in numerous civic and volunteer activities and is the author of more than 50 published legal articles.

  • Courses

    Criminal Trial Advocacy - PreTrial
    (Formerly Criminal Trial I: Pre-Trial) This practical course is designed to familiarize the student with the criminal justice process. The course consists of lectures and exercises covering criminal case initiation, the initial appearance, indictments, plea negotiations, pretrial discovery and pretrial motions leading up to up to a trial. Special emphasis will be placed on criminal procedure. Because this course duplicates the content of courses in the Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute program, students in the FTPI may not receive academic credit for this course. The Criminal Trial Advocacy classes are not sequential and may be taken in any order.