The meeting will be at the State Bar Building, 306 Townsend St., Lansing. Lunch will be served at 12:00 noon.
I. Welcome and introductions.
II. Administrative Matters.
After twelve years at the helm of the Planning Body, Denise Hood plans to resign as co-chair as of the July meeting. (She'll remain on the Planning Body and on the Agenda Committee.) The Agenda Committee recommends that Judy Levy assume a co-chair position.
Also, we've added Michele Hall and Ashley Lowe to the Agenda Committee. If anyone else is interested in joining the Committee, let one of the current members (Libby Hines, Kari Deming, Michele Hall, Ashley Lowe, Judy Levy, Denise Hood or myself) know.
Finally, we'd like the group to review the membership list of the Planning Body. If there are people that you'd suggest be added as members, please let one of us know.
III. Discussion items.
1. Potential threats to civil rights, civil liberties, and access to justice in the new congress. (Susan Reed, Martha Gonzales-Cortes, Judy Levy, Candace Crowley, all.)
This will be a continuation of our discussion from the January meeting. Susan will report on what the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) is seeing in the immigration area and Martha and others will report on other civil rights issues.
Judy Levy will report on the recent announcement by the Department of Justice that it will end monitoring of local police agencies for civil rights violations.
Bob and Candace will report on the federal budget and the status of LSC funding in 2017 and 2018. This meeting occurs during the time that the State Bar delegation will be in Washington for the ABA Day lobbying effort; they hope to provide a report from members of that group.
We're inviting Planning Body members to share reports on what their organizations are seeing and doing in response on all these topics.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have written materials, please send them to Bob and to Scott Ellis (email@example.com) electronically.
A. Longer Updates
1. Michigan Indigent Defense Commission update (Jon Sacks).
2. Criminal Justice Reform (Jon Sacks).
A package of criminal justice reform bills was signed into law on March 30.
3. Juvenile Life without Parole (MaryAnn Sarosi, Kim Thomas, Dawn Van Hoek).
B. Shorter Updates
1. Ability to Pay (Libby Hines, Miriam Aukerman, Dawn Van Hoek, Bob Gillett).
We are expecting an update on the sunset of the "Cunningham fix" legislation. Also, since the last meeting, SCAO published a bench card summarizing Ability to Pay rules.
2. The future of the legal profession (Candace Crowley, Ang Tripp).
3. Triage and on-line intake (Ang Tripp).
4. National and state efforts on bail reform (Val Newman and Miriam Aukerman).
5. State Bar Committee on Justice Initiatives (Candace Crowley, Bob Gillett).
6. Michigan Legal Help Program (Ang Tripp).
7. Amicus update (Ann Routt).
8. E-filing update (Angela Tripp).
9. Civil Right to Counsel (Bob Gillett).
10. Unemployment Law Update (John Philo).
11. LEP Developments (Susan Reed and Candace Crowley).
12. Native American Issues (Jim Keedy).
13. Advisory Committee to the US Department of Civil Rights.
V. Future Meetings:
July 27, 2017
October 26, 2017