1. Proposed Amendments to Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct re Multidisciplinary Practice
Members discussed the proposed amendments and authorized Chair Diane Royal to draft a letter to the Bar recommending that they proceed with caution given the complexity of the issues involved, including the need to protect the integrity of the legal profession and the legal system, as well as the need to protect clients' interest in the independence and accountability of the legal profession and the protection of confidentiality.
2. Active Committee to Address Changes to the APA
Diane Royal requested that council members who are interested in serving on this committee contact her.
3. Committee to Address Changes to Administrative Rules on Administrative Proceedings
Diane Royal reported that Mike Zimmer said the proposed rules had been distributed to Administrative Law Judges for comments and would be issued soon. Erick Williams confirmed that the draft had been circulated.
Diane requested that council members who are interested in serving on the committee contact her.
4. Partnering with Others Sections
Peter Lark relayed Bill Fulkerson's report that the Labor Law Section may be interested in working with our section on an ICLE training or on jointly sponsoring a speaker at the Annual Meeting, although their meeting typically is in the afternoon.
The Council discussed other possible partnerships and it was agreed that the idea of partnering on a seminar or other activities should be discussed further at future meetings.
5. Contribution to the State Bar Access to Justice Fund
On a motion by Kay Hansen, seconded by Peter Lark, the Council agreed that 10% of the Section's fund balance on December 15, 2000 should be sent as a contribution to the State Bar Access to Justice fund. Tom Sparks agreed to contact the State Bar to determine the balance in the Section's account as of that date.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m.