January 24, 2012 - 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.*
The meeting will be at the State Bar Building, 306 Townsend Street, Lansing, MI 48939. Lunch will be served at 12:00 noon and the meeting will begin at 12:30.
I. Welcome; introductions. (Denise Page Hood)
II. Discussion Items
A. Hon. Chad Schmucker, the head of the State Court Administrative Office, will discuss SCAO's work on the implementation of the Crossroads Report
B. Legal Services funding cuts. (Deierdre Weir)
Within the last few months, there have been very significant federal and state funding cuts to Michigan's legal aid programs. We'd like to have a discussion of programs' responses to those cuts---including how we re-shape services and how we communicate these changes to other funders, the courts, and the client community. We're encouraging planning body members to be prepared to share information about the impact of the cuts on their programs and clients.
C. Crossroads committee reports
1. Child Welfare and Indian Child Welfare Act issues (Vivek Sankaran and Jim Keedy)
Sankaran Free Press guest opinion-- http://www.freep.com/article/20111229/OPINION05/112290395?fb_ref=artrectop&fb_source=home_multiline
2. Fees/fines/costs (Miriam Aukerman)
III. Administrative matters. (Denise Page Hood)
Between the January and April meetings, the agenda committee will review the Planning Body's membership and officers. If you are interested in joining the agenda committee or if you want to suggest new members to the Planning Body, please contact one of the agenda committee members (Denise Page Hood, Bob Gillett, Deierdre Weir, or Libby Hines) to discuss this.
IV. Reports, Updates, Information Sharing
We want to keep the Planning Body informed about these issues.
Presenters are invited to give written or brief oral reports. We appreciate written reports that can be distributed before the meeting. If you feel like you need more than 5-10 minutes for your report, please contact Bob Gillett at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will schedule that time. If you have written materials, please send them to Bob electronically.
A. Developments in indigent criminal defense (Bridget McCormack)
B. Language access developments (Susan Reed)
C. Immigration issues and developments (Susan Reed)
D. Report on welfare litigation (Terri Stangl)
E. Developments with the self-help website (Linda Rexer)
F. Prisoner re-entry issues (Terri Stangl)
G. Amicus report (Ann Routt)
H. Unemployment advocacy (Steve Gray)
I. State Bar Committee on Justice Initiatives (Terri Stangl)
J. Pro Bono (Bob Gillett)
K. Other reports?
V. Next SPB Meetings
April 24, 2012 (Lansing)
July 24, 2012 (Detroit)
October 23, 2012 (Lansing)