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. Administrative Matters
In addition to the chair transition (with Judge Levy replacing Judge Hood), we've received a number of suggestions for new members, including Nicole Neal Goodson (LAD), Carol Viventi Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR), and Pam Hoekwater (LAWM). Peter Cunningham and/or Katie Hennessey, the State Bar legislative staff, have attended several recent meetings and we have added them to the Planning Body list.
Carol Viventi is the Deputy Director of the MDCR and is replacing Martha Gonzalez Cortes as the MDCR representative. Martha recently left the MDCR to become the Vice President of Community Investment at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation and will remain on the Planning Body.
III. Discussion items
1. Fee waivers (Candace Crowley)
The inconsistent treatment of fee waiver applications in the state court system is an issue that has been much discussed in the legal services community and was mentioned in the Bar's Judicial Crossroads Report and its recent Future of the Profession report. The Bar has seen an opportunity to work on this issue and is in the process of convening a work group. We'd like to share a report on the Bar's work and hear from member programs about good and problematical court practices.
2. U.S. and Michigan Supreme Court 2016-2017 terms (Val Newman)
The Court ends its term on July 31. Val Newman will summarize the most significant criminal law opinions from the year. (Note, we're still looking for a volunteer to report on the civil side.
3. Client Needs in Metro Detroit (Ashley Lowe)
Lakeshore Legal Aid is close to completing a client needs assessment. Ashely Lowe will share a report and lead a discussion on their process and findings.
4. The State Bar reorganization and access to justice. (Candace Crowley, Ang Tripp)
We'd like a report on how the Bar's access to justice work will be reorganized under the new Strategic Plan. This discussion will also include other relevant updates from the Bar's Futures process.
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. Potential threats to civil rights, civil liberties, and access to justice in the new congress. (Susan Reed, Martha Gonzales-Cortes, Candace Crowley, all.)
This will be a continuation of our discussion from the April meeting. We will discuss the Iraqi detention case and the subsequent multi-state pro bono effort and provide a short update on LSC funding. We're inviting Planning Body members to share reports on what their organizations are seeing and doing in response on these topics.
2. Ability to Pay (John Philo, Libby Hines, Peter Cunningham, others.)
There continues to be activity in this area, including a lawsuit filed by the Sugar Law Center challenging the practice of suspending driver's licenses for the inability to pay traffic fines; and ongoing legislative negotiations regarding court funding (as the "Cunningham fix" legislation nears its sunset date).
http://www.ncsc.org/~/media/Microsites/Files/Trends%202017/Trends-2017-Final-small.ashx - This is a link to the National Center for State Courts' annual publication focusing on fines, fees and bail practices, Trends:
http://www.courthack.org/~/media/images/topics/fines%20fees/benchcard_final_feb2_2017.ashx - This is a link to the national bench card
3. Michigan Indigent Defense Commission update (Marcela Westrate)
B. Shorter Updates
1. Juvenile Life without Parole (Val Newman, Dawn Van Hoek)
2. National and state efforts on bail reform (Val Newman and Miriam Aukerman)
3. State Bar Committee on Justice Initiatives (Candace Crowley)
4. Michigan Legal Help Program (Ang Tripp)
5. Triage and on-line intake (Ang Tripp)
6. E-filing update (Angela Tripp)
7. Amicus update (Ann Routt)
8. Civil Right to Counsel (Bob Gillett)
9. Unemployment Law Update (John Philo, Steve Gray)
10. LEP Developments (Susan Reed and Candace Crowley)
11. Native American Issues (Jim Keedy)
12. Advisory Committee to the US Department of Civil Rights
V. Future Meetings:
October 26, 2017