Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
January 21-27, 2013
Volume 11 Issue 4

In the Capitol
FOCUS: At the end of last week, the Speaker of the House announced the membership of all the House standing committees. A complete list of standing committees and their membership, meeting times and meeting locations can be found here. Bar members serve as chairs to two committees: Representative Kurt Heise is the chair of the Criminal Justice Committee, and Representative Kevin Cotter is the chair of the Judiciary Committee.

Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 1/21
1/29 Senate Judiciary
Agenda: SB 7 Natural resources; other; reference to definition of newspaper in natural resources and environmental protection act; revise to reflect repeal of statutory definition;
SB 8 Civil procedure; other; methods for publication of legal notices; modify;
SB 32 Probate; trusts; insurable interest amendments to the Michigan trust code; provide for;
SJR F Courts; judges; election of or appointment to a judicial office of person who has reached 70 years of age; remove prohibition.

1/30 House Criminal Justice
Agenda: Organizational Meeting ; Presentation by the Michigan Department of State Police; Presentation by the District Judges

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

In the Hall of Justice
The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a public administrative hearing on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, in the Supreme Court courtroom located on the sixth floor of the Michigan Hall of Justice, 925 W. Ottawa Street, Lansing, Michigan 48915. The hearing will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Persons who wish to address the Court regarding matters on the agenda should notify the Office of the Clerk of the Court in writing at P.O. Box 30052, Lansing, Michigan 48909, or by e-mail at, no later than Monday, January 28, 2013.

ADM File No. 2012-12–Proposed Amendment of Rule 3.925 of the Michigan Court Rules
The proposed amendments of MCR 3.925 would clarify rules and procedures for retention and destruction of various records in juvenile cases.
SBM Position: Support.

ADM File No. 2012-13–Proposed Amendment of Rule 3.976 of the Michigan Court Rules
This proposed amendment would require a court to indicate on the record the reason that no petition for termination of parental rights need be filed, thus providing a record to future auditors who review the state's foster care program that the court explicitly chose the option.
SBM Position: Support.

ADM File No. 2012-20–Proposed Amendment of Rule 3.616 of the Michigan Court Rules
The proposed amendments of MCR 3.616 would provide that the files of a young adult foster care youth are confidential, but may be accessed by the youth and by DHS. The proposal further would eliminate the requirement that the petition and order be served on the previous court in which the youth's child protection case was disposed because the case is no longer active. This order also corrects numbering of subsection (F)(2)(i)-(iv) so that the subsections are labeled with letters (a)-(c).
SBM Position: Support.

Beware jury duty scam phone calls, e-mails, State Court Administrator warns

Valerie White of Hillsdale appointed to Attorney Grievance Commission

Attorney Valerie R. White of Hillsdale has been appointed to the Attorney Grievance Commission by the Michigan Supreme Court, the Court announced today.
– Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Justice McCormack praised, welcomed to Supreme Court in investiture
New Justice Bridget Mary McCormack was praised for her legal scholarship and character at her investiture ceremony at the Michigan Hall of Justice in Lansing today.

At the Bar
Judicial Vacancy—56th Circuit Court, Eaton County
Hon. Calvin E. Osterhaven is vacating his seat at 56th Circuit Court, Eaton County. State Bar members interested in applying for the judgeship should submit an application by February 13, 2013.
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United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan Proposes Amendments to Local Rules

Links of Interest
Public Policy Resource Center | Michigan Supreme Court | Michigan Legislature | MCL Search Engines