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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.

Judicial Vacancy—53rd District Court, Livingston County

Application must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

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Richard L. Cunningham Sworn in as SBM Representative Assembly Chair

Richard L. Cunningham, of Detroit, has been sworn in as the chair of the Representative Assembly for 2018-2019.

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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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