Justice Initiatives Committee (2003–2017)
The Good Work Continues. . .
Watch for this important work to continue through State Bar committees, including the following…
- Implementation and Innovation Steering Committee
- Delivery of Legal Services for All Standing Committee
- Access to Justice Initiative
- Affordable Legal Services Initiative
- Lawyer Referral Service Steering Initiative
- Access to Justice Policy Committee
- Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee
The 2017-2018 Bar year ushered in a new and exciting committee structure that will maintain the State Bar’s commitment to the traditional matters of the mandatory bar and also integrate many of the recommendations from the State Bar’s 21st Century Practice Force. Even though the CJI will not continue by name into the new Bar year, the good work will continue through others committees that, like the CJI, are committed to the effective delivery of high-quality legal services in Michigan that are equal and fair to all.
Commitment to Access to Justice
Beginning with the “Michigan Plan” in 1995, many years before the CJI, the State Bar adopted the first of many thoughtful strategic planning initiatives that offered recommendations for implementation to improve access to justice in Michigan. The Michigan Plan marked the beginning and emphasized the importance of strategic planning, collaboration, and coordination of efforts of many stakeholders to improve access to justice in Michigan. To carry the Michigan Plan’s recommendations forward, the State Bar established the Access to Justice (ATJ) Task Force in 1997. The ATJ Task Force was the first of several State Bar entities devoted to improving access to justice and fostering communication, cooperation, and collaboration among stakeholders.
Since 2003, the Committee on Justice Initiatives (CJI) has been the State Bar structure that worked towards the charge of its original jurisdiction that it “Shall promote the effective delivery of high quality legal services to all Michigan citizens, and to assure that barriers are reduced so that the justice system is the strongest possible, equal and fair in its application to all.” In its 14 year history, the CJI has proven to be an important part of the State Bar’s commitment to access to justice for all.
Since its creation in 2003, the CJI continued the work to promote the effective delivery of high-quality legal services to all Michigan citizens, reducing barriers to the justice system so that it is strong, equal, and fair. The many accomplishments of the CJI over the past 14 years are the result of hard-working volunteers, dedicated to access to justice for all.