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Nessel joins 38 other AGs to urge Congress to fund expanded access to internet

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel recently joined 38 other attorneys general in urging Congress to help ensure that all Americans have the home internet connectivity necessary to participate in telemedicine, teleschooling and telework as part of any additional legislation that provides relief and recovery resources related to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. 

U.S. residents know first-hand how critical internet access is to meet their basic needs after weeks of learning, working, socializing and seeking health care from home.

“For millions of people across this nation, the ability to certify for unemployment, apply for jobs, continue an education or to even see a doctor now depends on their access to the internet,” said Nessel. “This pandemic is shining a light on the deep digital divide in America and especially at a time when people are being told to stay home, Congress should want to do its part in closing it.” 

Unless Congress acts quickly, disparities in access to home internet connectivity will exacerbate existing gaps in educational and health outcomes along lines of geography, economic resources and race. 
In a letter sent to Congressional leaders, the attorneys general urge Congress to:

• Provide state, territorial and local governments with adequate funding expressly dedicated to ensuring that all students and patients, especially senior citizens who are at risk, have adequate internet-enabled technology to participate equally in online learning and telemedicine.

• Increase funding to the U.S. Federal Communication Commission Universal Service Fund, which provides vital funding to rural and low-income populations, health care providers and educators with the goal of bridging the digital divide.

With public health experts warning that a potential second wave of COVID-19 infections may require teleschooling and telemedicine to continue for millions of Americans throughout 2020, it is critical that Congress act now to help ensure that all Americans have the home internet connectivity they need to access educational opportunities, health care and to earn a livelihood.


SBM ADR Section hosting ‘Facilitating Group Dynamics & Conflicts’ webinar

The State Bar of Michigan’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section is hosting its “Facilitating Group Dynamics & Conflicts” webinar on June 23, 2020 from 12-1:30 p.m.

If you’re interested in expanding your ADR practice, or ready to put your peacemaking skills to use outside the litigation arena, then this program is for you! Learn to facilitate conflict in any group dynamic by learning to assess the root causes, use the appropriate resources, gain participant confidence, establish trust, build effective channels of communication, and coach individuals to engage more constructively.

This practical, nuts-and-bolts program features three highly experienced and well respected group conflict facilitators—Tracy Allen, Barbara Johannessen, and Mike Nowakowski—and is moderated by the one and only Shel Stark.


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