Pro Hac Vice

Pro Hac Vice Admission—Temporary Admission Overview

Out-of-state and foreign lawyers seeking to appear before a Michigan court, administrative tribunal or agency, or arbitration proceeding, must comply with Michigan’s pro hac vice rule, MCR 8.126. An out-of-state or foreign lawyer may be temporarily admitted to practice in no more than five cases in a 365-day period. A Michigan attorney must move for the temporary admission of the out-of-state or foreign lawyer.

Every lawyer admitted under the pro hac vice rule is subject to the jurisdiction of Michigan's lawyer discipline system.

To begin the process for temporary admission go to e.michbar.org. For further instructions, see below.

Instructions for Pro Hac Vice Admission—Temporary Admission

Out-of-state and foreign lawyers seeking pro hac vice admission must be associated with an active member of the State Bar of Michigan who appears as attorney of record in the case. See MCR 8.126. NOTE: Please do not begin the application process until you have a combined PDF of the motion papers, see below, and a credit or debit card readily available. The application system does not allow you to edit case information once it is entered. For example, you are not able to enter case information and return to the system to upload documents or otherwise edit the case information previously provided.

  1. A Michigan lawyer who associates with the out-of-state or foreign lawyer must prepare a motion that includes:
  2. a. A current certificate of good standing from a jurisdiction where the out-of-state or foreign lawyer is licensed and eligible to practice.
    b. An affidavit by the out-of-state lawyer verifying the information required by MCR 8.126 (A)(1)(a)(i)-(iv) pertaining to licensure, disciplinary history, and verifying current familiarity with Michigan court rules; and
    c. An attestation by the Michigan lawyer that he or she has read the affidavit, has made a reasonable inquiry concerning its contents, believes the out-of-state lawyer’s representations are true, and agrees to ensure that the procedures in the rule are followed.

  3. Before the Michigan lawyer files the motion with the court, administrative tribunal or agency, or arbitrator, the out-of-state or foreign lawyer must:
  4. a. Create a profile or log into his or her existing profile using e.michbar.org. NOTE: Every out-of-state or foreign attorney who has previously sought pro hac vice admission has an existing profile at e.michbar.org and he or she must use the existing profile to seek temporary admission in another case. If an out-of-state or foreign lawyer does not know the needed login information, the lawyer may obtain his or her username and a new temporary password at e.michbar.org/eCommerce/login/emailreset.aspx.
    b. Enter the court, administrative tribunal or agency, or arbitration panel information.
    c. Enter the Michigan attorney's information. Upload a combined PDF containing: (1) a copy of the motion prepared and signed by the Michigan lawyer; (2) a copy of a current certificate of good standing from a jurisdiction where the out-of-state or foreign lawyer is licensed and eligible to practice. [Best practice, the certificate should be dated within 60 days of the motion for admission.]; and (3) a copy of an affidavit, signed by the out-of-state or foreign lawyer, in compliance with MCR 8.126.
    d. Pay the $105 fee by credit or debit card.

  5. After the fee is paid, a receipt is issued electronically to the out-of-state or foreign lawyer to the e-mail address provided in his or her profile. NOTE: A fee cannot be processed if the profile of the out-of-state or foreign lawyer does not include his or her e-mail address.
  6. The Michigan lawyer must file the pro hac vice motion with the court, administrative tribunal, or agency, or arbitrator, that includes current certificate of good standing, affidavit, and proof of payment of required temporary admission fee.
  7. The State Bar of Michigan, within seven days of receipt of a copy of the motion and fee, will electronically notify the court, administrative tribunal or agency, or arbitrator, the Michigan lawyer, and the out-of-state or foreign lawyer whether the out-of-state or foreign lawyer has been temporarily admitted to practice in Michigan in the past 365 days and, if so, how many times. The court, administrative tribunal or agency, or arbitrator decides whether temporary admission will be granted. An order on the motion cannot enter until the State Bar issues its notice regarding prior temporary admissions.
  8. The Michigan lawyer must provide an electronic copy of the order from the court, administrative tribunal or agency, or arbitrator within seven days of entry. A copy of the order should be submitted by e-mail to prohacvice@mail.michbar.org.

For additional questions regarding the pro hac vice—temporary admission process, send an e-mail to prohacvice@mail.michbar.org or call the State Bar of Michigan at (517) 367-6426.