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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


6th Annual Spring Pro Bono Workshop
The Power of Pro Bono

Sponsored by the Pro Bono Initiative

Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 (9 a.m.–4 p.m.)
Location: State Bar of Michigan, Lansing
Register Online

This training is offered free of charge and lunch will be provided

This year's workshop will provide an excellent opportunity to network and learn, with a primary focus on providing legal services providers with the tools they need to recruit pro bono attorneys and to successfully and efficiently manage their pro bono programs.

Workshop sessions will include:

  • 2014 Update on Pro Bono in Michigan
  • Techniques for Recruiting Pro Bono Attorneys
  • Successfully Managing your Pro Bono Program
  • Using Technology to Enhance Your Pro Bono Program
  • Planning and Preparing for Pro Bono Month 2014


    The State Bar of Michigan supports many justice initiatives that help make available high-quality civil legal services to all Michigan citizens, assuring that the justice system is strong, equal, and fair in its application.

    The Committee on Justice Initiatives organized into 4 major areas:

      Criminal Issues Initiative—examines collateral civil consequences of criminal convictions and representational issues in the criminal justice system.

      Equal Access Initiative—develops policies and programs to benefit underserved populations, including those with special needs, cognitive disabilities, and juveniles.

      Justice Policy Initiative—analyzes and recommends positions on proposed legislation, court rules, and other policies relevant to the Justice Initiatives.

      Pro Bono Initiative—encourages and coordinates free or discounted fees for civil legal services. Pro bono service is a way that Michigan attorneys assist low-income individuals in need of legal assistance.


Thank you for visiting our website. We hope you found the information and resources helpful. Please note the Criminal Issues Initiative is not able to handle individual cases or requests, nor can we give legal advice. If you need information or assistance, please visit the State Bar of Michigan Lawyer Referral Service.



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