Daily Briefs

Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission draws more than 6,000 applications

On the final day of the application period for the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, the Michigan Department of State (MDOS) had already processed 6,264 completed and notarized applications, and anticipated the number to rise as the window to apply closed.

The application period began in October of last year with the launch of the online application portal. Following the random mailing of 250,000 applications on December 30, 2019, as part of the ongoing effort to increase accessibility for applications, MDOS provided resources on notary options, translated the application into 3 different languages, and alerted those whose applications were incomplete on how they could return a completed application to be considered. Two periods of public comment were also held, as well as 59 in person events across the state and 11 virtual town halls in the last month of the application period alone. MDOS partnered with more than 150 organizations in the state to spread the word and recruit applicants.

Those still wishing to submit a completed and notarized application should go to Michigan.gov/FreeNotary to search for e-notaries or remote notaries near them. MDOS staff has been able to facilitate well over 1,000 notary appointments to applicants.

After Monday’s deadline, MDOS will process the final applications before the random selection of 200 semi-finalists to be conducted by Rehmann LLC, an independent accounting firm. The applications of the semi-finalists will be posted online and delivered to legislative leaders by the end of June, who may strike up to 20 applications per the Michigan Constitution. The final selection for commissioners will be held in August.

For detailed information on next phase timeline as well as frequently asked questions about the selection process, visit RedistrictingMichigan.org.


FBA?program to explore ‘The Ethics of Remote Practice’

The Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, will present the online seminar “Zoom on Zoom: The Ethics of Remote Practice” on Wednesday, June 10, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Member of the FBA and bench will discuss the ethical challenges of remote civil and criminal practice. Panelists will include:

• Alecia Chandler, State Bar of Michigan Professional Responsibility Program director.

• Richard Helfrick, Federal Defender’s Office

• U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Anthony Patti

• Thomas Schehr, Dykema Gossett

• Moderator Lynn Helland, executive director of the Judicial Tenure Commission.

Questions will be encouraged during and following the program.  To register for this free Zoom seminar, visit www.fbamich.org and click on “events.”


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