Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointment to the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission

Monday, Aug. 28, 2017

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Jeffrey Collins of Detroit to the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission.

The commission was created to improve legal representation for low-income criminal defendants. In October 2011, Governor Snyder issued Executive Order 2011-12, establishing the initial Indigent Defense Advisory Commission, responsible for recommending improvements to the state’s legal system. These recommendations served as the basis for legislation to address this need as well as called for the 15-member Indigent Defense Commission that the Governor signed into law in July 2013.

“I thank Jeffrey for his commitment to ensuring all Michiganders have access to sufficient legal representation,” Snyder said.

Collins is a partner at Collins & Collins, PC, and previously served as the Deputy Wayne County Executive. He has taught various law classes at Wayne County Community College, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University School of Law, and authored the book, “Do the Right Thing: Make Ethics Your Brand,” published in 2014. Collins holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northwestern University and a law degree from Howard University School of Law. He will serve as a nominee of the Senate Majority Leader and replace Shela Motley.

Collins will serve a four-year term expiring April 1, 2021. His appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.