About the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission

We have a full time staff working under the supervision of the Executive Director of the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission, including Regional Managers working statewide.  Our office is in Lansing, Michigan.  Information about Commission meeting agendas and prior meeting minutes is available online, and our calendar contains dates for upcoming meetings.

The MIDC has established a form for submitting recommendations or complaints to the Commission.  The form is available online as a .pdf document or can be filled out and mailed using Microsoft Word.

Please use the contact us page anytime with questions for the MIDC.

Commissioners

The commission was created as a result of efforts to improve legal representation for indigent criminal defendants. In October 2011, Governor Snyder issued Executive Order 2011-12, establishing the initial Indigent Defense Advisory Commission, which was responsible for recommending improvements to the state’s legal system. These recommendations served as the basis for legislation to address this need and called for the 15-member Indigent Defense Commission that the governor signed into law in July 2013. Please see the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission Act for more information.

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission shall develop and oversee the implementation, enforcement, and modification of minimum standards, rules, and procedures to ensure that indigent criminal defense services providing effective assistance of counsel are delivered to all indigent adults in this state consistent with the safeguards of the United States constitution, the state constitution of 1963, and with the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission Act. We will identify and encourage best practices for delivering the effective assistance of counsel to indigent defendants charged with crimes. We will collect data, support compliance and administer grants to achieve these goals. We will accomplish our mission through collaboration, transparency and accessibility to all partners in the criminal justice community.

Frank Eaman, Huntington Woods

Represents members submitted by the Criminal Defense Attorney Association of Michigan
Term expires April 1, 2020

Frank Eaman, of Huntington Woods, is the owner of Frank D. Eaman PLLC. He previously worked with Bellanca, Beattie & DeLisle PC, Eaman & Ravitz PC, and Gage, Burgess, Knowx, Burgess & Eaman. He has been named a Michigan “Super Lawyer” since 2008 and is an ex-officio member of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan board. Eaman earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Chicago and a law degree from the University of Michigan.

Committees & Workgroups: Training & Evaluation, Nominating, Recommendations & Complaints

Brandy Robinson, Detroit

Represents those whose primary mission or purpose is to advocate for minority interests
Term expires April 1, 2020

Brandy Robinson, of Detroit, is a Deputy Defender with the Legal Aid & Defender Federal Defender Office. She previously served as an Assistant Defender with the State Appellate Defender Office, was a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Julian Abele Cook Jr., and was an associate in the public law group at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone. Robinson earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and African-American studies and a law degree, both from the University of Michigan.

Committees & Workgroups: Executive, Training & Evaluation, Data & Best Practices

William Swor, Grosse Pointe Woods

Represents members submitted by the Criminal Defense Attorney Association of Michigan
Term expires April 1, 2020

William Swor, of Grosse Pointe Woods, is an attorney with William W. Swor, and has practiced federal criminal and immigration law for more than 40 years. He is on the board of directors of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan as well as the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services. Swor is a member of the Practitioners Advisory Group to the United States Sentencing Commission. Swor earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Oakland University and a law degree from Wayne State University.

Committees & Workgroups: Performance Standards, Data & Best Practices

John Shea, Ann Arbor

Represents members submitted by the Criminal Defense Attorney Association of Michigan
Term expires April 1, 2020

John Shea, of Ann Arbor, has been in private practice since 1988. He has a trial practice in state and federal courts devoted primarily to criminal defense, but he also represents clients in commercial and real estate litigation, professional malpractice defense, and in proceedings before the Attorney Discipline Board and other disciplinary agencies. Mr. Shea is a graduate of the University of Michigan (BA Economics, 1979) and the University of Michigan Law School (JD, 1982). He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan (Chair, Prisons/Corrections Council 2011-2013); Washtenaw County, Illinois State and American Bar Associations; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (Rules/Laws Committee, Co-Chair 2008-present); Criminal Defense Lawyers of Washtenaw County (President, 1992-1994), and the ACLU of Michigan. He also is a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers and the Michigan State Bar Foundation.

Committees & Workgroups: Selection Standards, Appropriations, Court Rules & Legislation, Recommendations & Complaints

Richard Lindsey, Marshall

Represents members submitted by the Speaker of the House of Representatives
Term expires April 1, 2017

Richard Lindsey, of Marshall, is counsel for Oaklawn Hospital. Previously he served as the corporate counsel of Calhoun County where he represented the board of commissioners, county elected officials and all boards and commissions associated with the county; he was also previously a shareholder with Marcoux Allen PC, specializing in corporate, municipal and local government law. He serves on the Marshall School Board and is secretary of the Marshall Township Planning Commission. Lindsey earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Albion College and a law degree from George Washington University.

Committees & Workgroups: Training & Evaluation, Data & Best Practices

Shela Motley, Okemos

Represents members submitted by the Senate Majority Leader
Term expires April 1, 2017

Shela Motley, of Okemos, previously worked in various capacities with the state of Michigan, most recently as a special agent with the Michigan Department of Attorney General where she investigated allegations of health care and consumer fraud, and patient abuse and neglect. She also served as a public health investigator with the Michigan Department of Public Health and a corrections officer with the Michigan Department of Corrections. Motley earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University.

Committees & Workgroups: Indigence & Compensation, Nominating, Data & Best Practices

Michael Puerner, Ada

Represents members submitted by the Senate Majority Leader
Term expires April 1, 2017

Mike Puerner, of Ada, is Vice President and General Counsel of Hastings Mutual Insurance Company. His responsibilities include corporate governance, compliance, litigation, government affairs, and administration.

Mr. Puerner served as the 2015 chair of the Insurance Institute of Michigan. He also chairs the IIM judicial affairs committee. He chairs the claims committee of the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association. He is past chair of NAMIC’s federal affairs committee, and annually represents Michigan in the Washington DC congressional contact program

Mr. Puerner serves on the State Bar of Michigan’s Committee on United States Courts. He also serves on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Advisory Committee for the United States District Court – West Michigan.

Mr. Puerner earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Northwestern University and a law degree from the University of Minnesota.

Committees & Workgroups: Executive, Performance Standards, Indigence & Compensation, Appropriations, Court Rules & Legislation

Thomas Boyd, Okemos

Represents member submitted by the Michigan District Judges Association
Term expires April 1, 2018

Thomas Boyd, of Okemos, is a 55th District Court judge. He previously served as an assistant attorney general. Judge Boyd graduated from James Madison College at Michigan State University, BA (1985) and Wayne State University, JD (1990).

Committees & Workgroups: Selection Standards, Nominating

Nancy J. Diehl, Detroit

Represents members submitted by the State Bar of Michigan
Term expires April 1, 2018

Nancy J. Diehl, of Detroit, retired from the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office in 2009, where she served as trial division chief. She founded and directed the Child Abuse Unit and the Child and Family Abuse Bureau. Diehl received Western Michigan University’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009, Wayne County Council Against Family Violence Spirit Award in 2009, and the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan Jean King Leadership Award in 2006. Diehl earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and general business from Western Michigan University and a law degree from Wayne State University.

Committees & Workgroups: Selection Standards

Jim Fisher, Hastings

Represents members submitted by the Michigan Judges Association
Term expires April 1, 2018

Jim Fisher, of Hastings, will chair the commission. He is Of Counsel with Dickinson Wright in Grand Rapids where his primary practice areas are arbitration and mediation. He previously served as chief judge of Barry County Circuit Court. He chaired the initial Indigent Defense Advisory Commission and is a director of Hastings City Bank. Fisher earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from General Motors Institute and a law degree from Wayne State University.

Committees & Workgroups: Executive, Indigence & Compensation

Gary Walker, Marquette

Represents members submitted by the prosecuting attorneys association of Michigan
Term expires April 1, 2018

Gary Walker, of Marquette, is the supervisor of Chocolay Township and previously served as the prosecuting attorney for Marquette County for more than 35 years. Mr. Walker served as a longtime member of the Prosecuting Attorneys Board of Directors and was Chair of the Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council.  He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the National District Attorneys Association.  In 2008, Mr. Walker was given the Minister of Justice Award by the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section.  Mr. Walker earned a bachelor’s degree in social science from Michigan State University and a law degree from the University of Michigan.

Committees & Workgroups: Performance Standards, Recommendations & Complaints

Kevin Oeffner, Howell

Submitted by the Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court
Term expires April 1, 2019

Kevin Oeffner, of Howell, is the court administrator for the 6th Judicial Circuit Court, where he previously served as deputy court administrator. He also served as the chief of program evaluation for the Oakland County Board of Commissioners and as program evaluation analyst for the Ingham County Controller’s Office. Oeffner earned a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s in public administration and a master’s in business administration with a concentration in finance, all from Michigan State University.

Committees & Workgroups: Selection Standards, Indigence & Compensation, Appropriations, Court Rules & Legislation

David Schuringa, Grandville

Represents the general public
Term expires April 1, 2019

David Schuringa, of Grandville, is the former president of Crossroad Bible Institute. He served in numerous roles as an ordained minister, most recently as senior pastor of Bethany Christian Reformed Church. He leads an educational agency with 45,000 participating inmates and just completed service on the Michigan Campaign for Justice. Schuringa earned a bachelor’s degree in theology and Greek from Trinity Christian College, a master of divinity in ministerial studies from Westminster Theological Seminary, a master of theology in homiletics-communications and practical theology from Calvin Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in homiletics-communications and practical theology from Theologische Universiteit te Kampen (Netherlands).

Committees & Workgroups: Performance Standards, Recommendations & Complaints

Tom McMillin, Rochester Hills

Represents members submitted by the Speaker of the House
Term expires April 1, 2017

Tom McMillin is the owner of Michigan Community Auditors PLLC., and recently served as a Michigan State Representative. He serves as treasurer and board member of Crossroads Pregnancy Center in Auburn Hills, and is a certified public accountant. Mr. McMillin earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Committees & Workgroups: Appropriations, Court Rules & Legislation

Derek King, Ceresco

Represents members submitted by local units of government
Term expires April 1, 2019

Derek King is the owner of King Jewelers and DTK&F Holdings LLC, a multi-unit strip mall in Battle Creek. He also is the county board chairman for Calhoun County. King attended Kellogg Community College.

Thomas P. Clement, East Lansing

Supreme Court Chief Justice Designee, ex officio member

Thomas P. Clement serves as General Counsel to the Supreme Court, providing legal advice to the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, and the State Court Administrative Office. He also serves as liaison to the executive and legislative branches, representing the court on both policy and legislative issues.

Mr. Clement has been an attorney for more than 14 years and most recently supervised a team of 12 attorneys in the Michigan Attorney General’s Licensing and Regulation Division.  In this position, Clement served as the Attorney General’s lead attorney regarding regulation of professional health care and occupational licenses.  In particular, Clement played a key role in working with the Legislature and the Governor’s Office to implement recent recommendations to address the epidemic of prescription drug and opioid abuse.  Previously, Clement was an attorney in private practice and began his legal career as an assistant prosecuting attorney in the Eaton County Prosecutors Office.
Clement received a Bachelor of Arts from Western Michigan University and a Juris Doctorate from the Michigan State University College of Law.