Daily Briefs

Michigan Supreme Court appoints new grievance administrator

The Michigan Supreme Court has appointed Michael V. Goetz to the position of grievance administrator for the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission (AGC). Goetz will oversee the prosecutorial and educational functions of the AGC. The appointment is effective September 23, 2019.

 “Mr. Goetz has both the management skills and professional experience to make sure the AGC continues to protect the public and hold the legal profession accountable,” said Chief Justice Bridget M. McCormack.
“Just as important, Mr. Goetz has a deep commitment to public service and great ideas on how to engage the public and the bar in the Commission’s critical mission and to and manage and inspire AGC staff.”

Goetz received a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in 1983 and a juris doctorate from Detroit College of Law in 1988. He most recently worked in the Michigan Office of the Attorney General, serving as Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division’s Drug Interdiction Unit for six years. In addition to more than 30 years of experience in prosecution at the state and county levels, Goetz also currently serves his community as an emergency medical technician-firefighter for the Orion Township Fire Department.

The Attorney Grievance Commission is the investigative and prosecutorial arm of the Michigan Supreme Court for allegations of attorney misconduct. The AGC has jurisdiction over all attorneys licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Michigan and attorneys otherwise permitted to practice law in the state of Michigan. The AGC strives to maintain and promote the integrity of the Bar and to protect the public, the courts, and the legal profession.


Local attorney to present at AI Now 2019 Symposium at NYU

Jennifer Lord, a Royal Oak civil and employment rights attorney, will be a featured speaker at the AI Now 2019 Symposium scheduled for October 2 at NYU Skirball Center in New York City. 

Themed as “The Growing Pushback Against Harmful AI,” the symposium will feature leading attorneys, organizers, scholars and tech workers who have engaged creative strategies to combat exploitative AI systems.
The speakers will discuss their experiences with faulty, discriminatory and biased AI systems in a wide range of human contexts and settings, including automated allocation of social services, policing and border control and worker surveillance and exploitation.

Lord’s presentation will examine the extensive harm inflicted on the more than 40,000 Michigan residents who were falsely accused of benefits fraud by a flawed, AI-based administrative program. The highly automated system, which was installed to reduce headcount and increase accuracy and efficiency, rendered serious accusations and assessed huge fines and penalties without human input or oversight.

Lord, a partner with Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers in Royal Oak, has served as lead counsel for the thousands of falsely accused claimants in a class action lawsuit filed against the State of Michigan.