Employment Opportunities

The Michigan Supreme Court is currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of Administrative Counsel.  Reporting to the General Counsel, this position is responsible for drafting proposed rules and administrative orders, as well as staff reports and memoranda that include significant legal analysis, and review and edit these materials prepared by others. The Administrative Counsel will work in tandem with the Supreme Court counsel to oversee the Supreme Court’s administrative docket. This position serves as the primary point of contact to internal and external interested parties on all the Court’s administrative matters. The Administrative Counsel    assists the justices with their supervisory duties regarding committees and agencies. Complete job details can be reviewed on this website. Primary work location is at the Hall of Justice, Lansing, MI. Please complete the following writing exercise. Click here to download this exercise. Be sure to submit the completed written exercise with your cover letter and résumé. To apply email your cover letter, resume, and writing exercise in Word or Adobe.pdf format to  jobapps@courts.mi.gov and include “Administrative Counsel” in the subject line. If you need assistance, please contact Judicial Human Resources (517) 373-1147. APPLICATION DEADLINE is August 20, 2021, 5:00 pm. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

The State Bar of Michigan has an immediate opening for a Public Policy Strategist. The Public Policy Strategist will assist in fulfilling the State Bar’s public policy mission by engaging in strategic and effective advocacy on court rule amendments, legislation, and other public policy items. This individual will assist volunteer leadership at the Bar in developing public policy positions and build and maintain relationships with legislative and court officials, associations, and other stakeholders in the justice system. The Public Policy Strategist will act as a subject matter expert on legislative issues affecting the regulation of the legal profession and the improvement of legal services to society.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Strategically advocate State Bar positions to the Michigan Supreme Court, legislators, legislative staff, and other policymakers.
  • Assist the Board of Commissioners and Representative Assembly in reaching well-informed public policy positions.
    • Draft memoranda analyzing whether the State Bar of Michigan may take a position on legislation under the constraints set forth in Keller v State Bar of California.
    • Consult and assist in developing public policy proposals for consideration by the Board of Commissioners and/or the Representative Assembly.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to develop effective advocacy strategies.
  • Advise on public policy proposals developed by State Bar committees and workgroups.
  • Help develop proactive and reactive strategies to meet the State Bar’s legislative and judicial policy goals.
  • Assist in improving content for the Public Policy Resource Center, including section and committee handbooks.
  • Serve as liaison or co-liaison to public policy standing committees, workgroups and task forces as assigned by the Director of Governmental Relations.
  • Assist with preparing weekly Public Policy Update, including reviewing, and categorizing newly introduced legislation.

Minimum Position Guidelines (Education, Experience, Knowledge Skills, and Abilities):

  • Knowledge of legislative and judicial policy making processes.
  • Knowledge of public policy issues related to the legal profession.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; strong experience with technology and social media
  • Ability to exercise judgment in all phases of analysis, including alternative proposals and policy consequences.
  • Ability to work effectively under the pressure of tight time frames and deadlines.

NOTE: If candidate has a law degree, the title of the position can be changed to Public Policy Counsel.

How to apply: please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to employment@michbar.org. This position is temporarily remote, but will be based in Lansing, Michigan.

The State Bar of Michigan embraces a culture within its workplace as well as in leadership and governance processes that is open to and respects differing views and perspectives. The State Bar of Michigan is an equal opportunity employer.

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