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Business Meeting & Program

    This event is offered in conjunction with the Bar's Annual Meeting

    Date: Friday, September 20, 2013
    Business Meeting: 8:15-–-8:45 a.m.
    : 9-11 a.m.
    Location: Lansing Center, Lansing
    Registration is requested to allow for proper facilities planning. Visit the Bar's Annual Meeting page for more details.

    Business Meeting 8:15–8:45 a.m.
    The Prison and Corrections Section Annual Business meeting will immediately precede the Problem Solving Courts panel discussion. The Council will select 4 regular members and 1 associate member to the council. To be elected, a candidate must be a member of the Prisons and Corrections Section. Those who wish to be nominated, or those who wish to nominate a member to stand for election, should submit the following to John Shea as described below:

    Pursuant to 3.7 of the Section Bylaws, only candidates who have been screened by the qualifications committee shall be eligible to serve on the council. Please confine the written candidate statements to no more than one page, and submit them by 5:00 p.m. on September 13, 2013, to or:

      John A. Shea
      120 N. Fourth Ave.
      Ann Arbor, MI 48104
      Phone: (734) 995-4646

    You must be present to vote. Candidates do not have to be present, but their presence is encouraged. Time permitting; a brief oral statement by candidates is permitted before elections. The winners of the election will be announced at the meeting. For questions about the election, contact John Shea at (734) 995-4646 or

Program: Problem Solving Courts: Lessons Learned & Implications for People with Mental Health Care Needs

    Prisons & Corrections Section will host a program with the Criminal Law Section and the EAI Disabilities Workgroup.

    Explore the follow-up assessment of pilot projects across Michigan and discuss the matters that people with mental health care needs encounter when they face the legal system. From law enforcement to courts to corrections, people with special needs are faced with unique barriers to overcome in order to be appropriately served. A two-panel discussion will look at the issue from multiple views in an effort to identify solutions to support access to justice for every individual.

    Panel 1: 9:00–10:00 a.m.
    Hon. Patricia P. Fresard, Moderator
    3rd Circuit Court, Civil Division, Wayne County
    Hon. David A. Hoort
    8th Circuit Court, Ionia County
    Hon. Timothy M. Kenny
    3rd Circuit Court, Criminal Division, Wayne County
    Sheryl P. Kubiak
    Associate Professor. Michigan State University
    Michael J. Nichols
    Attorney, East Lansing
    Ronald J. Schafer
    Prosecuting Attorney, Ionia County
    Panel 2: 10:00–11:00 a.m.
    Hon. Nicholas M. Ohanesian, Moderator
    Administrative Law Judge, Social Security Admin. ODAR
    Greg Boyd
    Project Coordinator, Michigan Partners in Crisis
    Christopher K. Cooke
    Attorney, Traverse City; Governor's Mental Health Diversion Council
    Blaine A. Koops
    Allegan County Sheriff
    Jeff Patton
    CEO, Kalamazoo Community Mental Health & Substance Abuse Servs.
    John A. Shea
    Attorney, Ann Arbor; Prisons & Corrections Section Chair


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