The meeting will be held at the State Bar Building, 306 Townsend Street, Lansing. Lunch will be served at 12:00 noon and the meeting will begin at 12:30.
I. Welcome and introductions and organizational matters.
We're inviting Planning Body members to suggest new members for the Planning Body or to become more involved. We are attaching a membership list. Please check to make sure your contact information is correct.
If you would like to suggest that a person or organization join the Planning Body, please contact any member of the Agenda Committee. (The Agenda Committee members are Judy Levy, Kari Deming, Ashley Lowe, Denise Page Hood, Libby Hines, and Bob Gillett.)
Also, Bob Gillett will be retiring from his position as Co-Executive Director of the Michigan Advocacy Program at the end of this year. He has agreed to stay on a co-chair of the Planning Body until next July. If you are interested in being considered for the co-chair position or would like to suggest someone else for that position, please contact a member of the Agenda Committee.
II. Discussion items.
A. Drivers' responsibility amnesty program.
The Driver Responsibility Fee amnesty program went into effect on October 1 - we'll receive a report on that program.
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. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (Susan Reed, Miriam Aukerman, others.)
There have been a number of developments since the last meeting—this will include an update on the public charge issue (the proposed rule was published on October 10); the Hamama case; and the family separation process.
2. Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (Loren Khogali).
The MIDC is starting to provide funding for improvements to local indigent defense systems. Also, there is an RFP out for part of the trial defender services in Wayne County. We're attaching a memo from Dawn Van Hoek on the Wayne County Trial Defender RFP process.
3. Racial Justice Training Institute (Nicole Goodson, Lorray Brown).
The Racial Justice Summit was held October 8, 2018. We'll receive a report on the summit and discuss the next steps.
4. Ability to Pay (Peter Cunningham, Libby Hines, John Philo, others.)
There are a number of active initiatives relating to this topic: (a) the Court Funding Commission; (b) the Cameron case; (c) the Fowler v. Johnson litigation; (d) developments relating to bail reform. We'll update you on all these topics.
5. Fee Waiver Court Rule (Peter Cunningham, Bob Gillett).
The public hearing on the Court Rule was September 20. Bob Gillett testified for the State Bar and Rebecca Shiemke testified for LSAM. Subsequent to the meeting, the Court has facilitated a meeting between SCAO staff (who still supports Alternative A) and the Bar (which proposed Alternative C).
B. Shorter Updates
1. Client cell phones in court (Bob Gillett, Katie Hennessey).
Since the July meeting, the committee finalized the rule and submitted it to the Court. Meanwhile, the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) adopted a resolution urging courts to review their cell phone policies. The CCJ resolution sounds many of the same themes discussed by the Planning Body.
2. Juvenile Life without Parole (Val Newman, Jon Sacks).
3. Unemployment Law update (John Philo, Steve Gray, David Blanchard).
4. State Bar Reorganization (Peter Cunningham).
5. State Bar ATJ Policy Work (Peter Cunningham, Ashley Lowe).
This will include an update on legislative issues, the Discovery Court Rules, Unbundling, etc.
6. Eviction Lab update (Ashley Lowe, Angela Tripp, others).
7. Voices for Civil Justice (Ashley Lowe).
8. Amicus update (Ann Routt).
9. ABA Reorganization (Bob Gillett).
10. Cy Pres (Bob Gillett, Jennifer Bentley).
11. Juvenile Law Issues (MaryAnn Sarosi).
12. Michigan Legal Help Program (Ang Tripp).
13. E-filing update (Ang Tripp).
14. Civil Right to Counsel (Bob Gillett).
V. 2019 Meeting Dates:
The agenda committee is suggesting that we keep our current meeting dates—the 4th Thursday of every third month. The proposed 2019 dates are;
January 24 (Lansing)
April 25 (Lansing)
July 25 (Detroit)
October 24 (Lansing)