The Public Policy Resource Center is a member resource and tool designed to provide comprehensive, up-to-date public policy information of interest to the legal profession. The site provides a search function that permits you to view all legislation organized by specialty area as it is introduced, identify the appropriate official to contact to communicate your views, and keep track of the public policy initiatives of the State Bar and its entities.
Because the State Bar of Michigan is a mandatory bar association, the Bar can only advocate public policy positions that are reasonably related to:
the regulation and discipline of attorneys;
the improvement of the functioning of the courts;
the availability of legal services to society;
the regulation of attorney trust accounts; and
the regulation of the legal profession, including the education, the ethics, the competency, and the integrity of the profession.
Sections of the State Bar that are funded by voluntary dues are not subject to these restrictions, and may engage in ideological activities on their own behalf provided that they follow the policies and procedures in Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 2004-01 and in Article VIII of the Bylaws of the State Bar of Michigan.
All members are encouraged to express their opinions to the State Bar of Michigan through the Member Comment form of the Public Policy Resource Center.
Look for further developments in the SBM Blog or the Public Policy Resource Center. As a reminder, the State Bar's NewsLinks provides a daily round-up of news of interest to lawyers, and our weekly Public Policy Newsletter (subscribe) describes ongoing public policy developments.
National Legal Aid & Defender Association
Evaluation of Trial-Level Indigent Defense Systems in Michigan
Administrative Order 2004-01 PDF limits and describes the issues on which the State Bar may take public policy positions, and the process for section and member involvement.
SBM Positions: Court Rules & Administrative Actions
SBM Positions: Legislation
Law School for Legislators
Legislation Eligible to be Considered by the Board of Commissioners for Action
SBM Positions: More Public Policy
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Members may express their opinion to the State Bar on public policy issues, including legislation to be considered.
Report a Public Policy Position
Public Policy Handbook PDF
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See a sample (PDF) of the topic headings and summaries of information covered.
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Legislation Recently Signed into Public Acts
Searchable Positions Database
The database includes all positions taken by the State Bar and positions reported to the State Bar by its sections and committees. Users are able to search the database by legislative session, bill number, bill sponsor, State Bar positions, section positions, committee positions, or practice area.
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Links of Interest
Supreme Court Rules PDF Concerning the State Bar of Michigan
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Internal Operating Procedure on Public Advocacy PDF
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