While we all face uncertainty dealing with COVID-19, the SBM’s Ethics department has published a guideline of Ethics During the COVID-19 Pandemic to help during this trying time.
Lawyer Trust Accounts Seminar
Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020; 1:15–4:45 p.m.
Cost: $50 for lawyers; $25 for non-lawyers, law students, & unlicensed graduates. Payment and the completed registration form must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 21, 2020.
Location: State Bar of Michigan, 306 Townsend St, Lansing
Register online or by mail form
Issued in 2020
JI-149 A judge consulting with another judge to seek guidance in carrying out the judge’s adjudicative responsibilities
JI-148 A judge supporting charitable organizations on social media
JI-147 Judicial officers’ and candidates’ campaign activity on social media account
JI-145 A Judge making a private monetary donation to a nonjudicial candidate’s campaign
RI-381 Lawyers have ethical obligations to understand technology, including cybersecurity
Issued in 2019
RI-380 Ethical duties of an out-of-state lawyer who moves to Michigan and applies for admission
RI-379 An attorney who serves as an arbitrator or mediator us of an IOLTA account
RI-378 A lawyer’s obligation when terminating representation based upon a client’s refusal to accept a plea agreement in a pending criminal case
Issued in 2018
RI-377 Conflicts of interest involving “generally known” information
R-25 Participation in a for-profit online matching service is unethical.
Ethics Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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Michigan Ethics Opinions
The State Bar of Michigan is pleased to provide this service to our membership to assist Michigan lawyers in researching ethics inquiries free of charge. This service provides the full index to Michigan ethics opinions, both professional and judicial, with links to all ethics opinions released since October 1988 using the citation abbreviations at common citations.
There are four ways to search for Michigan ethics opinions using our online service. If you know the opinion number, click on Quick Find by opinion number and enter it in the "get opinion" box. If you would like to search the text of the ethics opinions, click on Search full text of ethics opinion collection and insert key word text in the search criteria box. If you would like to search for ethics opinions by subject matter click on online index to review the topic index and tables of opinions. If you would like to search for ethics opinions interpreting specific rules of the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC) or specific canons of the Michigan Code of Judicial Conduct, click on Opinions interpreting MRPC or Opinions interpreting MCJC to review the tables of opinions.
If you would like to request a written ethics opinion regarding a particular issue, click on written Ethics Opinion to obtain instructions for submitting your written request.
Notice to Lawyers
State Bar of Michigan ethics opinions are advisory and non-binding in nature. This index is a complete historical catalog. Some of the listed ethics opinions, though not expressly superseded in subsequent ethics opinions, may be nonetheless outmoded or no longer sound due to subsequent changes in case law, statutes, or court rules. Practitioners are urged to thoroughly research all sources to determine the current validity of any given ethics opinion.
Ethics Helpline—(877) 558-4760
Members may contact the SBM Ethics Helpline at (877) 558-4760 to receive a confidential informal, advisory opinion from a staff attorney regarding an ethics issue pertaining to the inquirer's prospective conduct. This confidential service is reserved for lawyers and judges only. Staff counsel will not advise on past conduct of the inquirer, the conduct of another attorney or judge, on questions of law, or hypotheticals. The opinions of staff counsel are non-binding and advisory only.
Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct
Michigan Code of Judicial Conduct