How to Request an Ethics Opinion

To request a written ethics opinion, please include the following in a letter addressed to the chair of the Professional Ethics Standing Committee (PEC) or the Judicial Ethics Standing Committee (JEC):

  • The inquirer's name, address, telephone, and P#.
  • The facts of the inquiry. Set out the circumstances, including all relevant facts, which give rise to your request for an ethics opinion.
  • The issue(s). Set forth the ethical questions which in your judgment arise out of the proposed course of conduct.
  • References. Identify the section(s) of the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct or the Michigan Code of Judicial Conduct which appear to you to be applicable to your inquiry; cite ethics opinions identified in the course of your research which appear to you to be applicable to your inquiry.

Confidentiality—To encourage members to seek guidance and to facilitate open deliberations of the issues presented, requests for written ethics opinions, including the identity of the inquirer, identifying facts, and draft opinions, are confidential pursuant to Rule 6 of the Rules of the Committee.

Send the letter to:

Chair
Professional Ethics Standing Committee
c/o Director of Professional Standards
State Bar of Michigan
306 Townsend St.
Lansing, MI 48933
PEC
PEC Rules

or

Chair
Judicial Ethics Standing Committee
c/o Director of Professional Standards
State Bar of Michigan
306 Townsend St.
Lansing, MI 48933
JEC
JEC Rules