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Annual Business Meeting & Program

    This event is offered in conjunction with the Bar's Annual Meeting

    Date: Friday, September 19, 2014
    Business Meeting: 9:00–10:00 a.m.
    Program: 10:00 a.m.–Noon
    Location: DeVos Place, Grand Rapids
    Registration is requested to allow for proper facilities planning. Visit the Bar's Annual Meeting page for more details.

    Drunk & Drugged Driving in Michigan
    Under Michigan law, it is illegal to drive while intoxicated or impaired, which can be the result of using alcohol, illegal drugs, and even some prescribed medications (whether used as directed or abused). The penalties for these offenses can be severe. But what is intoxicated or impaired driving? Come hear the newest updates on drunk and drugged driving laws, learn the science behind breath and blood tests that support criminal charges, and find out how to prosecute cases and how to challenge them.

    Moderator: Opolla Brown, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, Detroit
    Speakers: Kenneth Stecker, Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, Lansing
    Michael Nichols, The Nichols Law Firm, East Lansing

    During the section’s business meeting, members of the section can stand for election to the Criminal Law Section Council. The five candidates receiving the most votes will serve a three-year term.

    To be elected, a candidate must be a member in good standing of the Criminal Law Section. Those who wish to be nominated, or those who wish to nominate a member to stand for election, should submit the following to the Nominating Committee:

    • Name, P number, and address of the nominee
    • A brief written candidate statement (by or on behalf of the nominee)

    Nominations will be allowed from the floor. Please confine the written candidate statement to no more than one page, and submit it to or:
    Michael Marutiak
    Criminal Law Section
    1131 Vail Court
    Lansing,MI 48917-4000

    The section’s annual business meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. at the DeVos Place, Grand Rapids. Please be prompt—or you may miss the election. You must be present to vote. Candidates do not have to be present, but their presence is encouraged. A brief oral statement by candidates is permitted before elections. The winners of the election will be announced at the meeting immediately after the votes are counted, and will also be noted in the next newsletter.

    For questions about the elections call Michael Marutiak, Nominating Committee chair, during regular business hours: (517) 242-4792.

Also at the Annual Meeting

    Cosponsored by the Criminal Law Section, Prisons & Corrections Section, and Criminal Issues Initiative

    Friday, September 19, 2014
    Noon-1:30 p.m.
    DeVos Place, Grand Rapids
    While there is no fee to attend, registration is requested to allow for proper facilities planning. Register as part of the Annual Meeting.

    Sentencing and Justice Reinvestment in Michigan

    Speaker: Carl Reynolds, Council of State Governments Justice Center, Austin, TX

    Applying a Justice Reinvestment Approach to Improve Michigan's Sentencing System summarizes analyses using a justice reinvestment approach of Michigan's felony sentencing system for its impacts on public safety, recidivism trends, and state and local spending. The report outlines areas for policy development, including opportunities to improve the state's sentencing system to achieve more consistency and predictability in sentencing outcomes, stabilize and lower costs for the state and counties, and direct resources to reduce recidivism and improve public safety. View the Report