Published on December 2nd, 2022, "Homeless Group Representation in Detroit's Problem-Solving Court" explores a new approach to the traditional court
system. Created in part by the Detroit Action Commonwealth, the Street Outreach Court Detroit (SOCD) holds hearings at a local Capuchin Soup Kitchen. With support and engaged involvement from the beginning, clients are equipped with action plans collaboratively curated with partner agencies and feel more comfortable interacting with the court in a familiar space. But the two CASL professors saw areas of improvement as well. Through observation and interview, Banner and Rusch assert that "the permanent representation of advocates chosen by indigent-led community organizations may better equip problem-solving courts to address the root causes of poverty...". This research takes big steps in improving the quality of court room interactions for the homeless, and otherwise historically underrepresented groups in the city of Detroit. Congratulations, Lara and Francine!