a) There were no Law School Chapter & Student Chapter reports.
b) Immigration Forum update—A meeting the following Saturday (January 7?) was planned to discuss next steps. A question that received comment and discussion was that of the role that local governments could play in a federal policy area of this nature. Public officials at the local level may be enforcement agents in immigration, and may have latitude in how enforcement is undertaken, but can’t set policy
c) Champaign police chief “conversation with the candidates” report –Diana Lenik, who helped devise the questions for the public forum, reported on the productive public interaction with the candidates, and gave her sense of which seemed best prepared.
a) Rights of Demonstrators event planned for late February in conjunction with the local Occupy movement, and the GEO.
b) Speaker (Standish Willis), topic, and date for annual meeting were discussed. We are shooting for April 1 if possible, and if not, the 15th. The plan is to try to arrange a brunch at Milo’s as in recent years. Willis, whose legal practice deals among other issues with police brutality and misconduct, also organizes and works more generally to combat police violence in the community, will speak on confession under torture.
c) Committees for awards and nominations
Two committees were established—one for nominations of next year’s steering committee and one for awards. Carol Inskeep, Carol Spindel and Carol Leff are the nominations committee. The awards process will be discussed and decided by the full steering committee.
6. New Business
a) Master Gardener background checks—there was extensive discussion of the fact that the local Master Gardeners program involves a criminal background check (NB—this appears to be a national requirement). The discussion brought the fact that the Master Gardeners do sometimes work with school children, but it still wasn’t clear why the full program could require such a check. Ed Yohnka expressed willingness to write a letter inquiring about the policy lying behind that requirement.
7. Adjournment at 9:17.