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February 26, 2018

MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT APPOINTS CHRISTOPHER WIRTH TO THE STATEWIDE TASK FORCE ON CHILD WELFARE COURT IMPROVEMENT

LANSING, Mich
. – The Michigan Supreme Court has appointed West Michigan attorney Christopher Wirth to the Michigan Court Improvement Program (CIP) Statewide Task Force.  The Task Force is a committee that advises the State Court Administrative Office’s Child Welfare Services division on its management of the CIP.

The CIP is a federally-funded grant program available to each state’s highest court, with the purpose of improving child protective proceedings through multi-disciplinary collaboration, planning, data sharing, and training.  CIP Task Force membership includes key stakeholders in Michigan’s child welfare system. 

Last month, Governor Snyder reappointed Wirth to his second term on the Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect.  Wirth serves on that board’s law and policy committee which reviews and makes recommendations to the board regarding child welfare law, court rules and processes, and policies related to the Child Protective Services division of the Department of Health and Human Services. 

Wirth has served as lawyer to more than 500 children who are victims and survivors of child abuse and neglect.  He has also represented wrongfully accused parents in child abuse and neglect civil and criminal proceedings.  Through his litigation practice, he has represented clients in more than 3,000 court appearances and 100 trials throughout 21 Michigan counties, and the federal courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan. 

“The opportunity to be involved from both the executive and now judicial branches of Michigan government is an exciting extension of my work to improve and hold accountable the court-appointed legal representation that children are receiving in child welfare cases,” Wirth said.

Wirth has taught as a visiting law professor at the WMU Cooley Law School and as an adjunct law professor at Grand Valley State University.  He has served on the board of directors for the Ottawa County Bar Association since 2015. 



January 30, 2018

GOVERNOR SNYDER REAPPROINTS WEST MICHIGAN ATTORNEY TO THE TASK FORCE ON CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT 

LANSING, Mich.
– Gov. Rick Snyder announced the reappointment of West Michigan attorney Christopher Wirth to the Governor’s Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect restructured by Executive Order 2017-4.  The board promotes the health, safety and welfare of Michigan's children and families by funding local programs and services that prevent child abuse and neglect.  In addition, Wirth will continue to serve on the board’s law and policy committee which reviews and makes recommendations to the board regarding child welfare law, court rules and processes, and policies related to the Child Protective Services division of the Department of Health and Human Services.  The board is best known as the body that produced and updates the Forensic Interview Protocol, which is a best practices approach to eliciting accurate and trustworthy child interviews by law enforcement and other child welfare professionals.

Wirth has served as lawyer to more than 500 children who are victims and survivors of child abuse and neglect.  He has also represented wrongfully accused parents in child abuse and neglect civil and criminal proceedings.  Through his litigation practice, he has represented clients in more than 3,000 court appearances and 100 trials throughout 21 Michigan counties, and the federal courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan. 

“I am looking forward to the next four years of continuing to preserve and improve the way Michigan protects its children.  I am particularly excited to be working on initiatives to improve and hold accountable the legal representation that children are receiving from their court appointed attorneys,” Wirth said.

Wirth has taught as a visiting law professor at the WMU Cooley Law School and as an adjunct law professor at Grand Valley State University.  He has served on the board of directors for the Ottawa County Bar Association since 2015.  

 “I thank this group of individuals for their commitment to Michigan children and families,” Governor Snyder said.

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