Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
November 15–21, 2010
Volume 8 Issue 47

In the Capitol
The Michigan House of Representatives and Senate are on recess until November 30.
House Session Schedule
Senate Session Schedule

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

In the Hall of Justice
Michigan Adoption Day 2010 to be Held November 23; State's Celebration of Adoptive Families now in Eighth Year, Includes 29 Counties

Determining When Attorney-Client Relationship Ends is Goal of Proposed Rule Change Under Consideration by Michigan Supreme Court

Rule Amendments
2009-25 Amendment of Rule 8.120 of the Michigan Court Rules
Under this amendment, a law student or recent law graduate who is a member of a legal aid clinic is eligible to appear on behalf of a client in the Court of Appeals. The appearance would require the same protections that now exist, i.e. supervision by a licensed attorney who signs all pleadings, and approval by a majority of the judges of the assigned panel. In addition, the amendments require that an indigent person indicate in writing that he or she consents to the representation by the student, and the student must certify that he or she is familiar with the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct and the Michigan Court Rules. The amendments further state that the supervising attorney shall assume personal professional liability for the student's or graduate's work, and require students and recent graduates to take an oath similar to the one taken by licensed attorneys. The Court will review the effects of this rule in two years.
Issued: November 16, 2010
Effective: January 1, 2011

At the Bar
FOCUS: The Board of Commissioners met on November 17, 2010, at which time the State Bar of Michigan adopted the following Public Policy positions by a unanimous vote:

2008-12—Proposed Amendment of MCR 2.002 to Allow a Court to Deny Indigency Status for Vexatious Files
This proposed amendment would update MCR 2.002 to clarify that if a party files a frivolous or malicious action, a court may deny the indigent party's ability to proceed in forma pauperis. The rule is similar to the Rules of the Supreme Court of the United States, Rule 39.8.
SBM Position: Oppose

HB 6530 Civil procedure; personal protection orders; statewide personal protection order database; create. Amends secs. 2950 & 2950a of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.2950 & 600.2950a) & adds sec. 2950n.
SBM Position: Oppose

Federal News
Michigan's Freshman Congressmen Scope Out Washington Life
(Detroit Free Press, 11/21/10)

Stabenow to Lead Ag Committee
(Lansing State Journal, 11/20/10)

State News
Former Justice Elizabeth Weaver Censured for Airing Deliberations
(Detroit Free Press, 11/22/10)

Snyder Could Face GOP Lawmakers with Own Agendas
(Detroit News, 11/21/10)

Three Unions Sue Michigan to Block Wage Plan
(Lansing State Journal, 11/17/10)

Links of Interest
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