Daily Briefs

Levin Center launches State Oversight Academy

The Levin Center for Oversight and Democracy is launching the State Oversight Academy at Wayne State University Law School.

The State Oversight Academy (SOA) is the first and only national institution dedicated to promoting effective bipartisan fact-finding and oversight by state legislatures as essential to good governance and democracy. Its Launch Week, from Monday, March 27 to Friday, March 31, will include a bipartisan webinar with state legislators to discuss their role in conducting good oversight; a “FAST Class” (Federal and State Tutorials) podcast about corrections oversight; a panel with statehouse journalists on the role of the media in ensuring government transparency and accountability; and the inaugural SOA blog post and newsletter.

Earlier this month, SOA launched the State Legislature Oversight Wiki, the first resource of its kind to include links to legislature and committee websites; recent agency reports; and state fiscal data; as well as a mechanism for legislators, department officials, and staff to submit their own updates and corrections.

SOA will build a national community of practitioners, scholars and other experts, good government advocates, and the public interested in advancing transparent and accountable government and mitigating disinformation that can foster extremism and stymy dialogue across the political divide. By advancing the theory and practice of bipartisan, fact-based legislative oversight, SOA will become a leader in advancing democratic renewal and civic discourse across the United States.

For a full list of SOA events and resources and to RSVP to events, visit stateoversight.org.


Lunch & Learn discussion to focus on victim rights

The Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan’s Victim Services Training Unit will host an online lunch-time discussion between and among victim advocates.  The Victim Advocates Lunch & Learn “Lettuce Talk” will take place online Thursday April 27, from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom.

PAAM VSTU plans to offer victim rights related topics to prompt discussion. It also looks to this opportunity as a way to maintain community among victim advocates across Michigan.  

This meeting is for AG advocates and prosecutor’s-based victim advocates only.

To register for the online discussion, visit https://michiganprosecutor.org and click on “Training.”  After registration is approved, participants will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom access link.

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