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ABA improves accessibility to webinars and on-demand programs

The American Bar Association CLE programming is now accessible to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. All live webinars and on-demand programs produced after Jan. 1 now include Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services, commonly known as real-time captioning or closed captioning.

“Providing CART and captioning will allow lawyers and law students who are deaf or hard of hearing to equally and fully participate in the ABA’s webinars and on-demand programs,” said ABA President Judy Perry Martinez. “The ABA values its members with disabilities and works to ensure that its products are accessible and inclusive to all individuals.”

In addition, approximately 135 ABA CLE programs produced before this year now have transcripts available, and of those about 100 programs produced within the last two years will have closed captioning added to them.

For more information about ABAs CLEs, visit https://www.americanbar.org/cle-marketplace/www.americanbar.org/cle-marketplace/.


First 1,000 applications processed for redistricting commission

The first 1,000 successfully completed and notarized applications to serve on the first-ever Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission have been received and processed by the Michigan Department of State.

 “This process has been citizen-led from beginning to end, and it is inspiring to see so many Michiganders actively participate in our democracy and get involved,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “The results so far have exceeded our expectations and reflect overwhelming public support and excitement for the opportunity for voters to determine fair and competitive districts.”

Ultimately, the commission of 13 randomly selected applicants will have exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries in Michigan for the state Senate, state House of Representatives and U.S. Congress.

Applications were mailed to 250,000 randomly selected voters Dec. 30. The application is also available online at RedistrictingMichigan.org.

“We want applications from as many people as possible, from all backgrounds and regions of the state,” Benson said.

The Michigan Constitution requires all applications to be signed in the presence of a notary and returned to the Department of State by June 1, 2020. Then, 200 semifinalists must be randomly selected from the pool, sixty of whom must affiliate with the Democratic Party, 60 with the Republican Party, and 80 must not affiliate with either party. Half of these semifinalists must be recipients of the random mailing.

 The final citizen commission, once selected, will be made up of four voters who affiliate with the Democratic Party, four who affiliate with the Republican Party, and five who do not affiliate with either major party. The deadline for the commission to adopt a redistricting plan for Michigan’s districts is Nov. 1, 2021. 

For more information on the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, visit RedistrictingMichigan.org. Michiganders with questions should email Redistricting@Michigan.gov.


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