The meeting will be at the State Bar Building, 306 Townsend St., Lansing, Michigan. Lunch will be served at 12:00 noon.
I. Welcome and introductions. (Denise Hood)
II. Discussion items
1. Flint Water Crisis (Jill Nylander)
There has been a great deal of press about the Flint Water crisis. Jill will report on the impact of the crisis on Legal Services of Eastern Michigan and the community response, especially as those efforts impact legal services and indigent criminal defense.
2. The Future of the Legal Profession (Linda Rexer, Candace Crowley, Angela Tripp)
The State Bar Task Force held its final meeting on March 1. The SPB materials include a draft statement of Problems facing the profession, a Vision for addressing each problem, and a Plan for implementing this vision. Our representatives will report on the current status of the Bar's efforts; their impact on access to justice; and what they expect the future to hold in terms of implementation.
On the other areas that the SPB has been following, we are inviting written reports prior to the meeting or brief oral reports at the meeting. Please let us know if you would like to give an oral report at the meeting.
We have noted some issues where there have been developments and we are expecting an oral report. If you feel like you need more than 5-10 minutes for an in person report or if you would like to move a topic from the shorter report to the longer report section of the agenda, please contact Bob Gillett at email@example.com . If you have written materials, please send them to Bob and to Scott Ellis <firstname.lastname@example.org> electronically.
A. Longer Updates
1. LSC funding transfer in metro-Detroit (Denise Hood)
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) moved its funding from the Legal Aid and Defender Association to Lakeshore Legal Aid effective March 1, 2016. The materials include a memo from Bill Knight and Michele Hall describing the status of the transition process.
2. National and state efforts on bail reform. (Bob Gillett)
At the January meeting, we discussed the efforts in several states to move towards dangerousness-based (as opposed to financially-based) pre-trial detention. This will be an update on both the national and state efforts on this issue.
3. Ability To Pay Workgroup (Miriam Aukerman, Bob Gillett)
The Planning Body has been working in this area since 2010. This quarter, the comment period on the proposed court rule closed and the ACLU reached a settlement in a superintending control suit against the 38th District Court (City of Eastpoint, in Macomb County).
4. Civil Asset Forfeiture Report (Sarah Prescott)
We were contacted by a national group that informed us that the Michigan Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is looking at the possibility of civil asset forfeiture reform in Michigan. We'll provide some initial background on this project.
B. Shorter Updates
1. Michigan Legal Help Program (Angela Tripp)
2. Juvenile Justice Issues (Kim Thomas; MaryAnn Sarosi)
3. Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (Jon Sacks)
4. Amicus update (Ann Routt)
5. E-filing update (Angela Tripp)
6. Civil Right to Counsel (Bob Gillett)
7. LEP Developments (Susan Reed and Candace Crowley)
8. Immigration update (Susan Reed)
9. Native American Issues (Jim Keedy)
10. State Bar Committee on Justice Initiatives (Candace Crowley)
11. Pro Bono (Bob Gillett, Candace Crowley)
12. Connecting clients with wage and hour claims with advocacy resources (John Philo, David Blanchard, Angela Tripp)
IV. Future Meetings:
July 20, 2016 (Detroit)
October 19, 2016 (Lansing)