Justice Initiatives Committee Jurisdiction
Develop and recommend proposals for the effective delivery of high quality legal services in Michigan, equal and fair to all. This committee consists of several initiatives whose activities include
- Analyzing and making recommendations for positions on proposed legislation, court rules, and other policies relevant to the committee's jurisdiction.
- Developing policies and programs to benefit underserved populations, including juveniles and those with special needs.
- Encouraging and coordinating free or discounted civil legal services.
- Working to increase resources for civil legal aid programs.
- Examining collateral civil consequences of criminal convictions and issues of adequate representation in the criminal justice system
Note: This committee may have more than 15 members
- 2013-2014 Committee List PDF
- Organizational Chart PDF
- Initiative Rosters
Pro Bono Training: Introduction to Domestic Violence Family Law
Sponsored by the Domestic Violence Committee
Date: Friday, October 25, 2013
Time: 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Live at the Lansing Campus of Cooley Law School, and a simultaneous webcast at Cooley's Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids campuses
Cost: FREE with commitment to accept a family law pro bono case
The training, provided by attorneys with many years of hands-on family law experience, will cover initial client interviews, substantive legal issues, pleadings, and pretrial and trial practices as they relate to family law cases with domestic violence components. This training is excellent for attorneys who are new to the area of family law and domestic violence, or experienced attorneys looking for a refresher course.
The event is free of charge with the commitment to accept a pro bono family law case within six months of the training.
Prisoner Rights Civil Litigation Training for Pro Bono Attorneys & Members of the Pro Bono Council
The Pro Bono Committee of the Federal Bar Association, the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the State Bar of Michigan present a free legal training.
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 30, 2013; 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Location: Theodore Levin Courthouse, Room #115, 231 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226
RSVP to Heidi Naasko, email@example.com, by Monday, October 28 at 5 p.m.
This free training is designed for litigators new to the area of prisoner rights who are willing to accept a pro bono appointment from the Eastern District Court. You will not only learn about the applicable law and common practices, but also tips and tricks to working with judges in the Eastern District and how to interact with prison authorities to effectively represent your client.
Panelists will include leaders and local experts in the field of prisoner rights, including:
- Clinical Professor Dan Manville of Michigan State University College of Law
- Valerie Newman of the State Appellate Defender Office and Criminal Defense Resource Center
- Clinical Professor Paul Reingold of the University of Michigan Law School
- Other local volunteer attorneys who have successfully completed prisoner rights cases
Lunch will be provided, courtesy of the Court.