Friday, November 11, 2011

Networking Can Be an Ethical Landmine - Be Careful

I am re-posting an interesting blog authored by Roy Ginsburg, a lawyer coach in the areas of business development, practice management and career development/transitions.  Mr Ginsburg highlights some areas of which to be aware when utilizing referral sources to obtain clients, in a guest blog for Solo Practice University.

Read the blog by clicking here.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Parole Process in Michigan

I have often had many questions regarding the parole process at the Michigan Department of Corrections, as I am sure many others have.  Yesterday, the Michigan Court of Appeals released their opinion in the case of People v Raymond Haeger, ____ Mich App _____ (Docket No. 297099, November 1, 2011), and the opinion provides a very detailed look and the Michigan Parole Board's responsibilities in making parole decisions and the steps the Board must take in order to render a parole decision.  In particular, the Court stated, "The MDOC recently implemented the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative (MPRI), which is 'designed to promote public safety and to reduce the likelihood of parolee recidivism,' and to  'improve decision making  at critical decision points,' such as when the Board is considering whether to release a prisoner from incarceration on parole.  Under the MPRI, the MDOC and Board are now required to prepare and consider additional reports, and in particular the Transition Accountability Plan (TAP)."

If any practitioner has clients in need of advice, or family members of clients wishing to understand what lies ahead for an incarcerated loved one, Judge Gleicher's opinion is a good road map.  In Haeger's case the record contained no evidence that the Parole Board had considered or even prepared a TAP, and, therefore, the Court affirmed the Alpena Circuit Court's reversal of the parole decision.  Incidentally, the Court of Appeals had initially denied Haeger's in pro per delayed application for leave to appeal but the Michigan Supreme Court remanded the matter to the COA to consider the merits as on leave granted.  The Attorney General intervened on behalf of the Parole Board and the appellee was represented by Edward Black.