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. (Denise Page Hood)
Hon. John Hohman, Jr., the State Court Administrator, will introduce himself to the Planning Body and respond to question s about his goals for the office and the access to justice initiatives being overseen by that office.
II. Discussion items
A. Update on SB 743 and the Supreme Court Task Force on the Mandatory Bar (Lori Buiteweg)
B. Miller v. Alabama Update (Dawn Van Hoek)
The Michigan retroactivity cases for juveniles sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole were argued in the state supreme court in March. This will be a report on the argument; the extensive amicus effort; and the status of the 300+ Michigan cases potentially affected by the Miller decision. The Court's description of the cases is linked below. All the briefs in the case are available through the Court's website.
C. Civil Right to Counsel (Linda Rexer, et al.)
In 2006, the ABA adopted a resolution supporting a right to counsel in civil cases affecting critical rights of low income people. There has been a good deal of work done nationally on this issue since then, including the creation of the National Coalition for the Civil Right to Counsel (NCCRC). John Pollock from the NCCRC spoke in Michigan earlier this month and there is interest in the State Bar in reviewing and possibly acting in this area. The ABA Resolution on the civil right to counsel is linked below. There is also a link to the National Coalition for the Civil Right to Counsel website.
The ABA resolution: http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/sclaid/downloads/06A112A.pdf
The link to the NCCRC website: http://www.civilrighttocounsel.org/
D. CJI Language Access Summit and LEP court rule update (Candace Crowley, Susan Reed, et al.)
There continues to be a good deal of work around the implementation of MCR 1.111. The State Bar's Justice Initiatives Summit is scheduled for April 28 and will focus on this topic.
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. If you feel like you need more than 5-10 minutes for an in person report, please contact Bob Gillett at firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have written materials, please send them to Bob electronically.