October 26, 2011 - 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. Wage and Hour claims (Jack Finn - Department of Labor and Economic Growth, David Blanchard, Kari Deming)
This will be a discussion of: services provided by the state Wage & Hour agency, including the types of cases where clients successfully obtain relief on a pro se basis versus the types of cases where clients benefit from attorney representation; the services provided by private employment lawyers; and the types of cases being seen and services being provided by legal aid offices.
B. Crossroads implementation update
1. Report on meeting with Chad Schmucker from SCAO (Denise Page Hood and Bob Gillett)
2. Child Welfare Issues (Josh Kay - University of Michigan Child Advocacy Clinic, and Ann Routt)
Josh is co-counsel on the Mays case, which was argued in the Supreme Court on October 6; he will report on the argument in that case. SCAO has recently received funding to create a coalition to address the issue of race equity in child welfare and juvenile justice cases. In addition, in order to move the work of Crossroads forward in this area, the Planning Body is creating a workgroup and that group is developing some initial goals for the Planning Body to review.
3. Fees/fines/costs (Miriam Aukerman)
The ACLU filed emergency appeals in five "pay or stay" cases in August. As a follow up to those cases, the ACLU has prepared proposed court rules on fair and constitutional sentencing.
ACLU Challenges Debtors' Prisons Across Michigan - http://www.aclumich.org/issues/poverty/2011-08/1599
Client Profiles - http://www.aclumich.org/payorstay
Report: In for a Penny: The Rise of America's New Debtors' Prisons - http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/InForAPenny_web.pdf
Free Press article: http://www.freep.com/article/201109250300/NEWS06/109250521
III. 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 (Dawn Van Hoek & Bridget McCormack)
B. Language access developments (Susan Reed)
C. Report on welfare litigation (Terri Stangl)
D. Developments with the self-help website (Linda Rexer)
E. Prisoner re-entry issues (Terri Stangl)
F. Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Project (Lorray Brown)
G. Immigration issues and developments (Susan Reed)
Issue Alert - Immigration Status Verification and Reporting (BEM 225) - http://www.mplp.org/Issues/mplpissue.2011-09-27.2231040763