Sharon Feldman relayed Erick Williams' report that he expects the articles for the next issue to be arriving shortly.
Peter Lark also reported that he spoke with Dean Don LeDuc regarding an article for the Quarterly based on his comments at the administrative law seminar. Unfortunately, Dean LeDuc is in the process of preparing much of that information for publication in a book. Dean Le Duc also expressed interest in perhaps having Cooley Law School take over publication of the Administrative Law Quarterly or enter into some kind of a partnership with the Section for publication of the quarterly.
It was agreed that the possibility of partnering with Cooley Law School or another law school on publication of the Quarterly should be placed on the agenda for the April 4, 2001, meeting, so that Council members will have an opportunity to consider the possibility of partnering, including questions about the commitment of time and financial resources to the Quarterly.
1. Committee to Address Changes to Administrative Rules on Administrative Proceedings
Diane Royal reported that Mike Zimmer said the proposed rules are not yet ready for review and comment by the Section. It was agreed that Diane would speak with Mike Zimmer regarding the need for public input at a meaningful point in the process and the need to make drafts available. It was further agreed that the chair would submit a formal FOIA request if drafts are not provided in response to her telephone call, since the drafts apparently have been widely circulated among ALJ staff and others.
Sharon Feldman reported that the proposed procedural rules for the Department of Environmental Quality are posted on the ORR website and may provide some insight into the direction of procedure and process in other agencies.
2. Annual Meeting Speaker Suggestions/Partnering with Others Sections
Diane Royal will check on which other sections will be meeting at the same time as our section and will also check regarding promotion and publication of information about speakers.
Karl will solicit input on this topic on the Section's website.
3. Seminar for Fall 2001 or Spring 2002
The Council discussed the possibility of a Spring 2002 seminar in Lansing, but noted the possibility that there will be construction on I-496 that would hamper access.
Possible topics discussed include E-Law and Ad Law, with a focus on the practical impacts on consumers/clients/individuals and on practitioners, such as privacy, document integrity, identification issues.
4. Other Ideas
There was a discussion of possibly creating a listserv for section members. Further discussion at the next meeting was recommended.
Richard McLellan reported that he is the chair of the Greater Lansing Area Access to Justice Committee, and is interested in exploring the possibility of promoting pro bono work by state government-employed attorneys such as attorney general staff and administrative law judges.
He also reported that the Law Revision Commission is looking at a proposed Government Ethics Act, and there is a report and proposed bill on the Law Revision website.
5. Motion to Excuse
On a motion by Jackie Doig, seconded by Peter Lark, the council excused the absences of Erick Williams, Tom Sparks, Kay Hansen, and Bill Fulkerson.