Michigan Indigent Defense Commission

The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission was created by PA 93 of 2013, signed into law by Governor Snyder in July of 2013. The Commission is housed within the judicial branch of state government and comprised of 15 members appointed by the Governor with recommendations from the Legislature, Supreme Court, and the State Bar, and representing interests from the criminal justice system. The Chief Justice or a designee serves as an ex-officio non-voting member. Commission members serve four-year terms.
 
The Commission is charged with the following:
  • Collecting and compiling data necessary for the review of indigent defense services in Michigan
  • Creating standards to ensure all systems providing indigent defense meet constitutional obligations for effective assistance of counsel
  • Submitting for approval any new standards to the Michigan Supreme Court, creating an added layer of review
  • Developing requirements by which a person may establish a claim of indigence so those truly in need of a public defender will have access to one
  • Working with counties to implement plans to meet the standards
 
 

Statute

 

Contact


Loren Khogali
Executive Director
Michigan Indigent Defense Commission
Phone: 517-657-3063
200 N. Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48933
Michiganidc.gov
 

Members

 

Frank Eaman, Huntington Woods

Represents member submitted by the Criminal Defense Attorney Association of Michigan
Term expires April 1, 2020

 

Joseph Haveman, Holland

Represents members submitted by the Speaker of the House of Representatives
Term expires April 1, 2021

 

Thomas McMillin, Rochester Hills

Represents members submitted by the Speaker of the House of Representatives
Term expires April 1, 2021

 

Michael Puermer, Ada

Represents members submitted by the Senate Majority Leader
Term expires April 1, 2021

 

Jeffrey Collins, Detroit

Represents members submitted by the Senate Majority Leader
Term expires April 1, 2021

 

Thomas Boyd, Mason
Represents member submitted by the Michigan District Judges Association
Term expires April 1, 2022

 

Nancy Diehl, Detroit
Represents members submitted by the State Bar of Michigan
Term expires April 1, 2022

 

James Fisher, Grand Rapids
Represents members submitted by the Michigan Judges Association
Term expires April 1, 2022

 

Gary Walker, Marquette
Represents former prosecuting attorneys or former assistant county prosecuting attorneys
Term expires April 1, 2022

  

Tracey Brame, Grand Rapids

Represents members submitted by the chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court
Term expires April 1, 2023

 

Nathaniel Crampton, Jackson

Represents the general public
Term expires April 1, 2023

 

Andrew DeLeeuw, Manchester

Represents the Michigan Association of Counties 
Term expires April 1, 2023

 

Christine Green, Ann Arbor

Represents the State Budget Office
Term expires April 1, 2023

 

James Krizan, Allen Park

Represents the Michigan Municipal League
Term expires April 1, 2023

 

Margaret McAvoy, Owosso

Represents the Michigan Association of Counties
Term expires April 1, 2023

 

 


Kimberly Buddin, Novi

Represents those whose primary mission or purpose is to advocate for minority interests
Term expires April 1, 2024


William Swor, Grosse Pointe Woods

Represents members submitted by the Criminal Defense Attorney Association of Michigan
Term expires April 1, 2024

 

John Shea, Chelsea

Represents member submitted by the Criminal Defense Attorney Association of Michigan
Term expires April 1, 2024