Professional Ethics Committee

Jurisdiction

Offer analysis and guidance concerning the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct, and, to the extent that they relate to attorney conduct in Michigan, provisions of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the ABA Mode Code of Judicial Conduct, and other applicable professional conduct standards, as well as emerging issues of professional conduct affecting lawyers:

  • Drafting informal opinions on professional ethics published on the State Bar of Michigan website.
  • Drafting proposed formal opinions for consideration by the Board of Commissioners.
  • Making recommendations concerning amendments to the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct, and other standards of professional conduct that relate to lawyer conduct, on the committee's own initiative or upon request by the Board of Commissioners or Representative Assembly.
  • Proposing and advising on revisions to court rules or legislation affecting professional ethics.
  • Determining how the committee's work might interact with and support work of the Judicial Ethics, Lawyers and Judges Assistance, Character and Fitness, and Client Protection Fund committees, including through a meeting of the chairs at least annually to discuss trends, data, insights, and metrics.
  • Conferring with the Attorney Grievance Commission and the Attorney Discipline Board to discuss trends, data, insights.
  • Reviewing and evaluating metrics measuring the effectiveness of efforts to reduce behavior subject to professional discipline and promote professionalism and civility.

Note: This committee may have more than 15 members. The grievance administrator and a AGC staff attorney designated by the grievance administrator and the executive and deputy director of the Attorney Discipline Board or his or her designee shall serve as nonvoting, ex officio members. Implement the Strategic Plan though workgroups including Receiverships, Multidisciplinary Practice Pilot, Regulatory Objectives, and Technology Competence.

2018-2019 Committee Members
Rules of the Committee

Resources

Annual Reports

Includes reports from Ethics, Judicial & Professional Committee, Standing Committee on Professional Ethics, and Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics.

2017-2018
2016-2017
2015-2016
2014-2015
2013-2014
2012-2013
2011-2012
2010-2011
2009-2010
2008-2009
2007-2008
2005-2006
2004-2005
      2002-2003