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State Bar of Michigan Launches Pro Bono Honor Roll

The A Lawyer Helps Pro Bono Honor Roll will recognize Michigan attorneys who provide 30 or more hours of pro bono legal services in a calendar year.

ATJ Campaign Launches New Initiative to Honor Financial Donors

The Access to Justice Campaign is proud to launch a new initiative to recognize Michigan attorneys who invest in access to justice through financial donations to the ATJ Fund.

Nominations Open for Major State Bar Awards

Nominations for the Roberts P. Hudson, John W. Reed, Champion of Justice, Frank J. Kelley Public Service, and Kimberly M. Cahill Bar Leadership awards are due Feb. 15, 2019.

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Notice of Amendments to Local Rules & More—U.S. District Court

Notice of amendments to local rules, changes to electronic filing policies & procedures, and proposed amendments to local rules.

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Federal Judge Dedicated to Helping Pro Se Litigants

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The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan launched a two-year pilot program to help pro se litigants resolve their cases quickly and effectively. The program is called the Early Mediation Program for Pro Se Prisoner Civil Rights Cases, and it will give prisoners the opportunity to speak with a trained mediator and the defendants in an informal environment before jumping into costly litigation battles.

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts was instrumental in the implementation of the program, and modeled it after an existing program in Nevada. She said, “pro se litigants are outnumbered and outgunned in the legal system,” and “we think many of these cases can be resolved if we can get everybody in the same room to come to a resolution satisfactory to everyone.” More

 

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