Position Available: Regional Manager (South Central Michigan)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 12, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.

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Regional Manager: South Central Michigan

Counties covered:  Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Shiawassee, and Washtenaw.

Summary

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) is seeking a Regional Manager to facilitate the creation of superior systems for representation of indigent clients charged with crimes. Regional Managers provide direction and guidance to indigent defense delivery systems around the state on compliance with MIDC-enacted standards. They serve as the liaisons between local systems and the MIDC.

This challenging and rewarding opportunity will require the skills of a diplomat and knowledge of indigent defense systems and models.  Regional Managers must have a thorough working knowledge of the MIDC Act and a wide variety of models of indigent defense delivered locally in Michigan and nationwide.  Successful candidates will work with criminal justice stakeholders to design the most appropriate plans for meeting minimum standards for indigent defense in a particular county or system.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Meet with partners in the local indigent defense delivery system(s) in the designated region including but not limited to county commissioners, administrators, staff, and other local government representatives, and assist with the coordination of compliance plans for MIDC Standards and best practices;
  • Identify and meet with many key members of the local criminal justice systems including court staff, judges, criminal defense attorney practitioners, prosecutors and jail staff, to collaborate on compliance with MIDC standards for best practices in indigent defense representation;
  • Prepare and deliver presentations about the work of the MIDC to all system stakeholders;
  • Offer practical and innovative solutions at the local level for indigent defense reform;
  • Assist on other projects as assigned.

Education and Experience

Preferred candidates will have a juris doctor degree and experience representing indigent clients.  A minimum of five years of progressively more responsible work experience working in court, public, or business administration, or representing indigent clients is desired.  A bachelor’s degree is required, and a master’s degree in public or business administration or a juris doctor from an accredited law school may be substituted for two years of experience.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Due to significant travel within the region, an individual with a valid driver’s license and insured vehicle is required.

Work Location:

The ideal candidate should be based in a South Central Michigan county as indicated in the position description.

Periodic travel to the MIDC Office in Lansing, Michigan is expected.

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For applicants not currently residing or working in the South Central Michigan region: please describe in your cover letter your connection to the area or other reason for interest in the region.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 12, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.

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MIDC Special Meeting Agenda

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission will be meeting on January 5, 2018 beginning at 10 a.m. for the purpose of reviewing compliance plans submitted by Michigan trial court funding units.

Agenda

Note that the agenda includes the list of plans for January 5, 2018 and January 8, 2018. Please note that some or all plans scheduled for January 8 review will be shifted to January 5 if time permits

Standards – Sets 1 and 2 Available to Print

The complete packet of minimum standards for indigent defense delivery systems is available to download from the MIDC’s website here.  Standards 1, 2, 3, and 4 have been approved by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs effective May 22, 2017.  Compliance plans and cost projections are due for the first set of standards by November 20, 2017.  Information for funding units can be found on our website here including contact information for our Regional Managers working statewide.

Standards 5, 6, 7 and 8 have been proposed by the MIDC and a comment period is open until February 1, 2018.

Read the complete packet of standards here.

Visit our standards page for more information.

Webinars Available for Compliance Planning

The MIDC staff conducted a series of webinars for funding units around Michigan during the month of September.  Each session lasted approximately one-hour, and all are available to view online.  The webinars provided an overview of the compliance plan materials and walked participants through the application itself.  The sessions were facilitated by Rebecca Mack, the MIDC’s Grant Manager, and by Marla McCowan, the MIDC’s Director of Training, Outreach & Support.  Regional Managers moderated an interactive question and answer session at the end of each presentation.

Use these links to view the webinar for the Western Michigan region, the Mid-Michigan region, the South Central Michigan region, the Northern Michigan region, the Oakland/Macomb/St. Clair/Lapeer region, and the Wayne County region.

A handout for the PowerPoint presentation is here.  Additional materials are available on our grants page.

A webinar detailing instructions for funding units to register for the MIDC portal, used to upload compliance plans and related documents, can be found here:

 

MIDC Publishes Compliance Plan Application, Instructions for Submission, and Sample Plans

This spring the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs approved the MIDC’s first four standards for indigent criminal defense services.  Those first four standards cover training and education of counsel, the initial client interview, use of investigation and experts, and counsel at first appearance and other critical stages.

Every court funding unit in Michigan is required to submit a plan for compliance with the first four standards for indigent defense, along with a cost analysis, to the MIDC no later than November 20, 2017.

The full text of the approved standards can be found on the MIDC’s website.

The MIDC has approved several documents to assist funding units with compliance planning for MIDC Standards 1, 2, 3, and 4.  The Commission has published a detailed application with instructions for completing the form, a guide for submission of compliance plans, cost analyses, and local share calculations, as well as sample plans for a variety of systems to consider.  The MIDC has Regional Managers working statewide to assist with compliance planning.  Application workshops will be conducted throughout September for work group members to attend via webinar.

See our grants tab for more information.

Report: Attorney Perspectives on Michigan’s Criminal Indigent Defense System

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) is tasked with developing and overseeing the implementation of minimum standards to ensure that all indigent adults within the state have access to quality criminal defense services. To guide implementation and measure compliance with these standards, the MIDC is also responsible for conducting research that illuminates current practices and stakeholder perspectives. As the backbone of indigent representation, publicly appointed criminal defense attorneys must be at the center of systemic reform efforts. To learn more about their experiences representing indigent clients, the MIDC surveyed attorneys who take adult criminal indigent cases in Michigan’s 83 counties.  The survey was made available to all attorneys accepting adult criminal indigent cases and was distributed between February and April of 2016.

Read the report here.

Updated: MIDC Regional Manager Assignments

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission has Regional Managers on staff to provide direction and guidance to indigent defense delivery systems around the state on compliance with MIDC-enacted standards. They serve as liaisons between local systems and the MIDC.  The Regional Managers have answers to all of the most common questions, they can provide technical information about how to determine spending on indigent defense, and they are prepared to offer practical solutions for compliance to maximize the impact of improvements.  All stakeholders are welcome to contact the Regional Managers to discuss the standards and how to implement them locally.

View a map of the Regional Manager assignments here.

Kelly McDoniel
Wayne

Tanya Grillo
Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair

Kristen Staley (interim Regional Manager)
Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Shiawassee, Washtenaw

Chris Dennie
Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Ottawa, St. Joseph, Van Buren

Barbara Klimaszewski
Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Huron, Iosco, Isabella, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Midland, Montmorency, Newaygo, Oceana, Ogemaw, Osceola, Oscoda, Roscommon, Saginaw, Sanilac, Tuscola

Jana Mathieu
Alger, Antrim, Baraga, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Crawford, Delta, Dickinson, Emmet, Gogebic, Grand Traverse, Houghton, Iron, Kalkaska, Keweenaw, Leelanau, Luce, Mackinac, Manistee, Marquette, Menominee, Missaukee, Ontonagon, Otsego, Presque Isle, Schoolcraft, Wexford

Request for Proposals – Caseload Standards Study Follow Up Questions

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) is requesting proposals from qualified vendors to assist the MIDC in determining the appropriate numerical caseload/workload standards for criminal cases for providers of indigent legal representation in the state of Michigan.  Following our original post on the release of our Request for Proposals for Michigan Public Defense Caseload Standards Study, we have answered a second round of clarifying questions for potential bidders.  Please see this link for answers to the first round of questions and click here for new clarifying information.

Read the Request for Proposals here.

Read the answers to the first round of questions here.

Read the clarifying information here.

Note: the submission deadline is May 1, 2017.

Commission Meeting Agenda – April 18, 2017

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission will meet on Tuesday April 18, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Lansing office: 200 N. Washington Square, 3rd Floor.  The agenda for the meeting is at this link:

Agenda for meeting, April 18, 2017

Information about upcoming meetings or minutes from prior meetings can be accessed here.

For questions or concerns, please contact Marcela Westrate at 517-657-3066.

Request for Proposals – Michigan Public Defense Caseload Standards Study

MIDC Caseload RFP and Answers to Questions Received from Bidders

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) is requesting proposals from qualified vendors to assist the MIDC in determining the appropriate numerical caseload/workload standards for criminal cases for providers of indigent legal representation in the state of Michigan.

The selected vendor will work in consultation with the MIDC at all stages of the study, including the conduct of the study itself. The study must result in the production of recommended caseload standards for defense providers that accounts for (a) variation in counties and courts, and (b) variation in delivery models.

The MIDC requests proposals from qualified vendors which may include, but are not limited to, private sector firms, not-for-profit organizations, and public or private institutions such as universities or colleges with expertise in conducting research similar to research described in Sections 4 and 5 of this RFP.

The RFP also outlines the terms and conditions, and all applicable information required for submission of a proposal. Proposers should pay strict attention to the proposal submission deadline to prevent disqualification. To ensure compliance with these requirements and to prevent possible disqualification, Proposers should follow the format and instructions contained in this document.

Read the Request for Proposals here.

New: We have answers to questions received from bidders on MIDC’s Request for Proposals for the Michigan Public Defense Caseload Standards Study available for review here.

Note: the submission deadline is May 1, 2017.