Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
August 1–7, 2011
Volume 9 Issue 32

FOCUS: System Overload: The Costs of Under-Resourcing Public Defense
The Justice Policy Institute has published System Overload: The Costs of Under-Resourcing Public Defense. The report examines the current "chronic crisis" of public defense systems and offers recommendations.

In the Capitol
The Michigan House and Senate are not in formal session this week.
Senate Session Schedule
House Session Schedule

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

View all bills introduced

At the Bar
"Milliken v. Bradley—Desegregation, Busing, and Boundaries" is State Bar's 36th Michigan Legal Milestone

The August Issue of the Michigan Bar Journal is available online.

Federal News
For Obama, a Record on Diversity but Delays on Judicial Confirmations
(New York Times, 8/6/11)

State News
ACLU: Metro Detroit Residents in 'Debtors' Prison' Because They Were Too Poor to Pay Legal Fees
(MLive.Com, 8/4/11)

County Court Program Aids Those With Mental Illness
(Livingston Daily, 8/3/11)

Michigan to Feel Impact of Debt Deal
(Detroit News, 8/2/11)

Links of Interest
Public Policy Resource Center | Michigan Supreme Court | Michigan Legislature | MCL Search Engines