July 29, 2014 SPB Meeting
The meeting will be at the office of Legal Aid and Defender, 613 Abbott Street, Detroit. Lunch will be served at 12:00 noon.
I. Welcome and introductions. (Denise Page Hood)
II. Discussion items
A. Update on SB 743 and the Supreme Court Task Force on the Mandatory Bar (Lori Buiteweg, et al.)
The Task Force report was issued on June 2 and has generated a great deal of discussion within the Bar. The Court established a comment period that ends on August 4. We hope to circulate draft comments for the Planning Body's consideration before the meeting.
B. Report on the Detroit Bankruptcy Case
C. Ability To Pay Workgroup (Libby Hines and Bob Gillett)
Here is a link to the NPR stories on Pay or Stay sentencing: http://www.npr.org/2014/05/21/313118629/supreme-court-ruling-not-enough-to-prevent-debtors-prisons
D. Amicus Update and discussion of recent Michigan Supreme Court decisions
There have been a number of decisions issued recently in cases where the Planning Body appeared as amicus or that the group was otherwise following. These cases include In re: Sanders, People v. Cunningham, and the Juvenile Life without Parole cases.
We'll review the decisions from the amicus list, but will also include a discussion of the impact of the Sanders, Cunningham and Juvenile Life decisions.
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 a 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 electronically.
A. Longer Updates
1. Indigent Defense Commission (Dawn Van Hoek)
Since our last meeting the Indigent Defense Commission was appointed by Governor Snyder. Kim Thomas from the Planning Body is one of the members of the Commission.
Here is a link to the Indigent Defense Commission appointments: https://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277-57738_57679_57726-307570--,00.html
2. Civil Right to Counsel (Linda Rexer)
B. Shorter Updates
1. Michigan Legal Help Program (Linda Rexer)
2. E-filing update (Angela Tripp)
3. Connecting client with wage and hour claims with advocacy resources (John Philo, David Blanchard, Angela Tripp)
4. Child Welfare Issues (Ann Routt)
5. Native American Issues (Jim Keedy)
6. Pro Bono (Bob Gillett, Candace Crowley)
7. LEP Developments (Susan Reed and Candace Crowley)
8. State Bar Committee on Justice Initiatives (Candace Crowley)
9. Immigration developments (Susan Reed)
10. State Court Data Reports
IV. 2014 Meeting Schedule
October 28 - Lansing