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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

    A.   Pretrial Justice Institute—3 days count campaign (Libby Hones and Bob Gillett)

      There is a national movement headed by the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) focusing on bail other pretrial detention practices—with a goal of reducing the detention of non-dangerous individuals and, through better dangerousness screening, assuring that dangerous individuals are more securely incarcerated. There is interest in this issue in Michigan on the part of the Supreme Court and the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO). We'd like to discuss the current Michigan pre-trial detention system; explain the PJI initiative; discuss advocacy opportunities in Michigan; and discuss the role that the SPB might play.





    B. Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (Jon Sacks)

      The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) was created by statute in 2013 and has just finished its first year of operations. Jon Sacks, executive director of the MIDC, will lead a discussion of the background of the Commission; its actions in 2015; its first recommended Standards; and its plans for 2016.


III. Updates. 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 rgillett@lsscm.org . If you have written materials, please send them to Bob and to Scott Ellis <scoellis@mplp.org> electronically.

    A. Longer Updates

          1. Ability To Pay Workgroup (Miriam Aukerman, Libby Hines, Bob Gillett). There have been a number of updates in this area, most significantly the Court publishing the proposed rules (as suggested by the SPB) for comment on November 25, 2015. The comment period expires March 1.



          2. The Future of the Legal Profession (Libby Hines and others). The State Bar Task Force has its next (possibly final) meeting on March 1. To obtain as broad input as possible, the Bar is holding a town hall meeting to discuss the process on January 29.




          AAC-Presentation-to-21CTF-12-15 DRAFT-NOT-FINAL.pdf

          3. Amicus update (Ann Routt). Request to appear as amicus in In re: Jones—a parental rights termination case pending in the Michigan Supreme Court.


          4. E-filing update (Angela Tripp). A package of bills that would create a statewide e-filing system was passed in December 2015.







    B. Shorter Updates

          1. Michigan Legal Help Program (Ang Tripp)



          2. Juvenile Justice Issues (Kim Thomas; MaryAnn Sarosi)
          3. Civil Right to Counsel (Bob Gillett)
          4. LEP Developments (Susan Reed and Candace Crowley)
          5. Immigration update (Susan Reed).
          6. Native American Issues (Jim Keedy)
          7. LSC funding (Bob Gillett)
          8. State Bar Committee on Justice Initiatives (Candace Crowley)
          9. Pro Bono (Bob Gillett, Candace Crowley)
          10. Connecting clients with wage and hour claims with advocacy resources (John Philo, David Blanchard, Angela Tripp)



          11. Other

IV. Future Meetings:

April 20, 2016 (Lansing)
July 20, 2016 (Detroit)
October 19, 2016 (Lansing)

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