Amendments to Pro Hac Vice Rule Effective September 1


Out-of-state attorneys seeking to appear in a Michigan case or proceeding must comply with Michigan's pro hac vice rule. Lawyers should review MCR 8.126, MCR 9.108, and Rule 15 of the Rules Concerning the State Bar of Michigan to fully understand the requirements and procedure. Every lawyer seeking admission under the pro hac vice rule subjects himself or herself to the jurisdiction of Michigan's attorney discipline system.

Changes to MCR 8.126 effective September 1 require payment of a fee for each pro hac vice motion filed, require the motion to include a current certificate of good standing from a jurisdiction where the out-of-state lawyer is licensed and proof of payment of the fee, and clarify that the rule applies to arbitrations.