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MPLP Priorities and Case Acceptance Criteria

I. SUBSTANTIVE PRIORITIES

Housing, Public Benefits, Family, Consumer, Foreclosure, Immigration and Elder Law.

II. CASE ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA

  1. Disparate Impact on the Poor
  2. Statewide Impact
  3. Within a Substantive Priority Area

III. CASE ACCEPTANCE PROCEDURES

MPLP will provide case specific support, will co-counsel, or will accept referrals from other legal services providers in Michigan based on our case acceptance criteria and priorities. See I & II above.

One of the goals of state support is to develop an increased capacity for more complex cases in field programs. To that end, whenever possible, MPLP will co-counsel cases with field programs. 

A. CO-COUNSELING

MPLP can provide two levels of co-counseling assistance to field programs: (1) intensive case consultation, including drafting or editing pleadings, research, etc., and (2) formal appearance as co-counsel in the case.

Programs requesting co-counsel assistance should put that request in writing. A simple e-mail or fax to the MPLP attorney you are working with on the case will suffice.
On each case accepted for co-counsel support, MPLP will prepare a co-counsel agreement setting forth the distribution of responsibilities on the case. See MPLP’s protocols for co-counsel agreements.

B. APPEALS

MPLP provides additional assistance on appeals beyond the trial court level. This support includes co-counseling, review of briefs, assistance in research, mooting the argument, etc. In addition, MPLP will, at the request of a local program, fully take over as counsel on appeals that raise significant poverty law issues. Programs seeking assistance on an appeal should put that request in writing. A simple e-mail or fax request to the MPLP attorney in the relevant substantive area will suffice.

C. CONTACTS WITH CLIENTS

MPLP will not contact clients referred by other providers unless the case is accepted or otherwise agreed by MPLP and the referring program. Until MPLP agrees to contact the client, the referring program is responsible for keeping the client informed on the status of the referral.

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