Commission Meeting Agenda – February 21, 2017

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission will meet on Tuesday February 21, 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:

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

First Standards Submitted to LARA

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission submitted the first set of standards for indigent defense delivery systems to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) on February 7, 2017.  These standards involve education and training, the initial client interview, experts and investigators, and counsel at first appearance and other critical stages in front of a judge.  Read the MIDC’s first standards submitted to LARA on the MIDC’s website or download the complete packet of the first set of standards submitted to LARA here.

Comments on the standards submitted to LARA will be accepted until March 9, 2017. Please send comments on these standards to comments@michiganidc.gov or to the MIDC at 200 N. Washington Square, 3rd Floor, Lansing, Michigan, 48913.  All comments will be posted on the MIDC’s website within one business day of receipt.

Following a public comment period, LARA Director Shelly Edgerton will thoroughly review the information provided and make a decision on whether to approve the standards.

 

Draft Minutes – December 20, 2016 MIDC Meeting

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission met on Tuesday December 20, 2016 in Lansing at the MIDC Office located at 200 N. Washington Square, 3rd Floor. The minutes linked below are a draft and are not official. They are subject to approval at the next Commission meeting, to be held on February 21, 2017.

Read the December 20, 2016 minutes here.

Delivery System Reform Models: Planning Improvements in Public Defense

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission is pleased to provide a resource for the public: Delivery System Reform Models: Planning Improvements in Public Defense (December 2016).

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For questions or concerns about this publication, please contact Marla McCowan at info@michiganidc.gov or (517) 657-3066.

Position Available: Regional Manager – Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair Counties

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.

Salary:

The starting salary is $65,000 to $75,000, plus all applicable State of Michigan Employee Benefits.

Work Location:

Lansing, Michigan with significant travel throughout Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair Counties.

To apply please send your cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat format to careers@michiganidc.gov.

If you are unable to send materials electronically they may be mailed to the MIDC, 200 N. Washington Square, 3rd Floor, Lansing, MI 48913.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 13, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. E.S.T.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Read the full posting here.

 

Commission Meeting Agenda – December 20, 2016

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission will meet on Tuesday December 20, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in the Lansing office: 200 N. Washington Square, 3rd Floor.  The agenda for the meeting is at the link below:

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

Draft Minutes – October 18, 2016 MIDC Meeting

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission met on Tuesday October 18, 2016 in Lansing at the MIDC Office located at 200 N. Washington Square, 3rd Floor. The minutes linked below are a draft and are not official. They are subject to approval at the next Commission meeting, to be held on December 20, 2016.

 

Draft Minutes from October 18, 2016 meeting.

 

Commission Meeting Agenda – 10-18-16

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission will meet on October 18, 2016 at the MIDC Office in Lansing.  The agenda for the meeting is here.

200 N. Washington Square, 3rd Floor

Lansing, MI 48913

Questions or concerns: Contact Marcela Westrate at 517-657-3066

Draft Minutes from August 9, 2016 meeting

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission met on Tuesday August 9, 2016 in Lansing at the MIDC Office located at 200 N. Washington Square, 3rd Floor. The minutes linked below are a draft and are not official. They are subject to approval at the next Commission meeting, to be held on October 18, 2016.

Draft Minutes from August 9, 2016 meeting.

August 9, 2016 Commission Meeting Agenda

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission will meet on Tuesday August 9, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. the Commission office:

200 N. Washington Square, 3rd Floor

Lansing, MI 48913

The agenda for the meeting is here.

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