Unauthorized Practice of the Law Committee

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Provide advice on and support for the State Bar of Michigan’s unauthorized practice of law responsibilities under Rule 16 of the Supreme Court Rules Concerning the State Bar of Michigan:

  • Proposing and supporting measures to educate the public and the legal profession about unauthorized practice of law issues
  • Providing guidance to the Board of Commissioners concerning matters involving the alleged unauthorized practice of the law (UPL), including recommendations on the filing and prosecuting of actions to enjoin the unauthorized practice of law.
  • Proposing and advising on revisions to courts rules and legislation related to the unauthorized practice of law
  • Determining how the committee’s work might interact with and support work of the Professional Ethics, Public Outreach and Education, and Affordable Legal Services committees, including through conferring and coordinating regularly with them on trends, data, insights, and metrics
  • Reviewing and evaluating metrics for measuring the effectiveness of efforts to carry out the responsibilities of the State Bar of Michigan under Rule 16, MCL 600.916, and MCL450.681

Notes: UPL activity of the State Bar of Michigan is subject to the ongoing oversight of the Michigan Supreme Court and recommendations of the committee on specific UPL prosecution must be approved by the Board of Commissioners. This committee may have more than 15 members.

2021-2022 Committee List

Public Policy Reports

Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee

  • 2013-2014 Legislative Session

    HB4528 Michigan Immigration Clerical Assistant Act
  • 2005-2006 Legislative Session

    HB5625 Allows Real Estate Agents to Represent Landlords in Small Claims Court in Security Deposit Disputes Under Certain Circumstances
    HB4732 Allows Property Managers and Other Non-Lawyers to Represent Certain Businesses in Eviction Proceedings
    SB0815 Allows Property Managers and Other Nonlawyers to Represent Businesses in Certain Eviction Proceedings

Annual Reports



The Committee meets quarterly during the Bar year. Contact the Committee chair or State Bar staff liaison for more information.