The meeting will be at the State Bar Building.
The Bar's address is 306 Townsend St., Lansing.
Lunch will be served at 12:00 noon.
I. Welcome and introductions
II. Discussion items.
1. Michigan Discovery Court Rules Proposal (Ann Routt, Bob Gillett).
As a follow up to our October discussion, we'll be discussing draft comments from the Legal Services Association of Michigan and the Planning Body on the proposed rule revisions.
2. Racial Justice Training Institute discussion (Lorray Brown, Nicole Neal Goodson, Pam Hoekwater, Joon Sung).
A group of 7 Michigan advocates participated in the Shriver Center's Racial Justice Training Institute in 2017. The goal of the training is to develop a group of racial justice advocates from a program or a state. The group is encouraged to use the training as a springboard for action in their state or community. The Michigan group includes: Pam Hoekwater (Legal Aid of Western Michigan), Nicole Neale Goodson (Legal Aid and Defender), Joon Sung (Lakeshore Legal Aid), Patricia Baird (Legal Services of Eastern Michigan), Alisa Parker (Michigan Advocacy Program), Anna Moss (Michigan Advocacy Program) and Lorray Brown (Michigan Poverty Law Program).
The group plans to create a statewide taskforce to provide support to community organizations and advocates in their efforts to develop increased capacity to engage in race equity advocacy both locally and statewide. The group would like the Planning Body's input on possible projects.
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. Ability to Pay (Peter Cunningham, Libby Hines, others.)
The Court Funding Commission was appointed in late November and has begun to meet. We'll also have brief updates on the Fowler v. Johnson litigation (seeking to enjoin the state from suspending driver's licenses for persons unable to pay traffic fines); and the driver responsibility legislation discussed at the October meeting—HB 5043 and SB 615.
2. Potential threats to civil rights, civil liberties, and access to justice in the new congress. (Susan Reed, Miriam Aukerman, all.)
Susan and Miriam will give us an update on immigration and civil rights issues.
3. The State Bar reorganization and access to justice (Candace Crowley, Bob Gillett).
This will be a continuation of the discussion from the July and October meetings about the new Bar structure.
Limited Scope Representation Implementation - Video Explanation
Modest Means Pilot Project
4. Proposed Fee Waiver Court Rule (Candace Crowley, Bob Gillett).
There has been a Bar Workgroup meeting since November to develop a revised fee waiver court rule. We'll be discussing a draft rule as reported out by the group. The group is soliciting comments on the draft before the Bar finalizes the proposal.
5. Robo-Fraud Update (John Philo, Steve Gray, David Blanchard).
The second robo-fraud package was passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Snyder in December. This update will summarize the new legislation and discuss other ongoing advocacy efforts.
6. Cy Pres (Jennifer Bentley, Bob Gillett).
The proposed court rule discussed at the October meeting was finalized and sent to the Court in December.
B. Shorter Updates
1. Michigan Indigent Defense Commission update (Jon Sacks)
2. Juvenile Life without Parole (Val Newman, Jon Sacks)
3. Federal Defender Services Committee report (Judy Levy)
4. Juvenile Law Issues (MaryAnn Sarosi)
5. National and state efforts on bail reform (Val Newman and Miriam Aukerman)
6. Michigan Legal Help Program (Ang Tripp)
7. E-filing update (Angela Tripp)
8. Amicus update (Ann Routt)
9. Civil Right to Counsel (Bob Gillett)
10. LEP Developments (Susan Reed and Candace Crowley)
11. Native American Issues (Jim Keedy)
V. Proposed 2018 Meeting Dates:
April 26 (Lansing)
July 26 (Detroit)
October 25 (Lansing)