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Upcoming Activities

Sentencing & Justice Reinvestment in Michigan

    Cosponsored by the Criminal Law Section, Prisons & Corrections Section, and Criminal Issues Initiative

    Date: Friday, September 19, 2014
    Time: Noon-1:30 p.m.
    Location: DeVos Place, Grand Rapids
    While there is no fee to attend, registration is requested to allow for proper facilities planning. Register as part of the Annual Meeting.

    Applying a Justice Reinvestment Approach to Improve Michigan's Sentencing System summarizes analyses using a justice reinvestment approach of Michigan's felony sentencing system for its impacts on public safety, recidivism trends, and state and local spending. The report outlines areas for policy development, including opportunities to improve the state's sentencing system to achieve more consistency and predictability in sentencing outcomes, stabilize and lower costs for the state and counties, and direct resources to reduce recidivism and improve public safety. View the Report


Equal Access Initiative—Best Practices for Language Access in Michigan Courts

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

    Date: Friday, September 19, 2014
    Time: 9:00–10:30 a.m.
    Location: DeVos Place, Grand Rapids
    Registration is requested to allow for proper facilities planning. Visit the Bar's Annual Meeting page for more details.

    The Michigan Supreme Court adopted language access court rules in September of 2013. All trial courts and communities in Michigan are actively working to implement the new rules. This program will review MCR 1.111, MCR 8.127, and the ABA Standards for Language Access in Courts. Interpreting demonstrations and best practice discussions are part of the program.

    Maya K. Watson
      Bodman PLC
    Co-chair of the Equal Access Initiative
    Hon. Christopher P. Yates
      Judge, 17th Circuit Court
    Member, Michigan Supreme Court Foreign Language Board of Review
    Hon. William G. Kelly
      Judge, 62B District Court
    Member, Michigan Supreme Court Foreign Language Board of Review
    Donna F. Bos
      Certified interpreter and owner of Fidelity Language Resources, LLC
    Member, Michigan Supreme Court Foreign Language Board of Review
    Angela S. Tripp
      Managing attorney, Michigan Poverty Law Program
    Program manager, Michigan Legal Help Program


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