Public Policy Resource Center


 

The Public Policy Resource Center is a member resource and tool designed to provide comprehensive, up-to-date public policy information of interest to the legal profession. The site provides a search function that permits you to view all legislation organized by specialty area as it is introduced, identify the appropriate official to contact to communicate your views, and keep track of the public policy initiatives of the State Bar and its entities.

Upcoming Board Meeting

The following public policy items will be considered by the Board of Commissioners at the December 4, 2018 meeting. Members who wish to share comments may do so by filling out a Public Policy Comment form or emailing pcunningham@michbar.org before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 3.

SB 1182 Civil procedure; costs and fees; attorney fees; require award to prevailing party. Amends 1961 PA 236 9MCL 600.101 - 600.9947) by adding sec. 2443.

SB 1183 Civil procedure; costs and fees; attorney fee awards in frivolous civil actions; modify. Amends secs. 2442 & 2591 of 1961 PA 236 9MCL 600.2445 & 600.2591) & adds sec. 2446.

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2017-2018 Legislature

HB 6110 (Iden) Occupations: individual licensing and regulation; Occupations: other; State agencies (existing): licensing and regulatory affairs; State agencies (existing): boards and commissions. Occupations; individual licensing and regulation; use of criminal record to determine eligibility for occupational licensing; restrict. Amends title & secs. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 of 1974 PA 381 (MCL 338.41 et seq.).
POSITON: Amend the bill to not apply to the licensing of attorneys.

(Unanimous with the abstention of Travis W. Weber.)

HB 6277 (LaFave) Courts: judges; Courts: juries. Courts; judges; judges to fully instruct jury of its authority; require. Amends 1927 PA 175 (MCL 760.1 - 777.69) by adding sec. 29b to ch. VIII.
POSITON: Oppose.

(Unanimous with the abstention of Travis W. Weber.)

SB 1092 (Jones) Courts: juries. Courts; juries; postponement of jury service; allow for farmers during certain months. Amends sec. 1335 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.1335).
POSITON: Oppose.

(Unanimous with the abstention of Travis W. Weber.)

SB 1103 (Jones) Civil procedure: small claims. Civil procedure; small claims; general amendments related to e-filing provisions; provide for. Amends secs. 8401a, 8402, 8403, 8404, 8405, 8406, 8409, 8412, 8420 & 8423 of 1961 PA 236 (MCL 600.8401a et seq.).
POSITON: Support.

(Unanimous with the abstention of Travis W. Weber.)

In the Hall of Justice

Proposed Amendments of Rules 1.109, 2.102, 2.104, 2.106, 2.107, 2.117, 2.119, 2.403, 2.503, 2.506, 2.508, 2.518, 2.602, 2.603, 2.621, 3.101, 3.104, 3.203, 3.205, 3.210, 3.302, 3.607, 3.613, 3.614, 3.705, 3.801, 3.802, 3.805, 3.806, 4.201, 4.202, 4.303, 4.306, 5.001, 5.104, 5.105, 5.107, 5.108, 5.113, 5.117, 5.118, 5.119, 5.120, 5.125, 5.126, 5.132, 5.162, 5.202, 5.203, 5.205, 5.302, 5.304, 5.307, 5.308, 5.309, 5.310, 5.311, 5.313, 5.402, 5.404, 5.405, 5.409, 5.501, and 5.784 and new rule 3.618 of the Michigan Court Rules (ADM File No. 2002-37 – rule amendments for implementation of the statewide electronic-filing system) (Michigan Bar Journal November 2018, p. 74).
STATUS:
Comment Period Expires 01/01/19; Public Hearing to be Scheduled
POSITON: Support the Court in its work developing and implementing a statewide electronic-filing system.

Proposed Amendment of Rule 2.513 of Michigan Court Rules (ADM File No. 2016-05) – Conduct of Jury Trial (Michigan Bar Journal November 2018, p. 74).
STATUS:
Comment Period Expires 01/01/19; Public Hearing to be Scheduled
POSITON: Support.

Proposed Administrative Order to Require Courts to Establish Security Committees (ADM File No. 2018-21) – (Michigan Bar Journal November 2018, p. 74).
STATUS:
Comment Period Expires 01/01/19; Public Hearing to be Scheduled
POSITON: Support.

Proposed Amendment of Rule 7.2 of the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct (ADM File No. 2016-27) – Advertising (Michigan Bar Journal November 2018, p. 74).
STATUS:
Comment Period Expires 01/01/19; Public Hearing to be Scheduled
POSITON: Support the language adopted by the Court on May 30, 2018 as preferred over the language proposed on September 27, 2018.

Public Policy & the State Bar

Because the State Bar of Michigan is a mandatory bar association, the Bar can only advocate public policy positions that are reasonably related to:

  1. the regulation and discipline of attorneys;

  2. the improvement of the functioning of the courts;

  3. the availability of legal services to society;

  4. the regulation of attorney trust accounts; and

  5. the regulation of the legal profession, including the education, the ethics, the competency, and the integrity of the profession.

Sections of the State Bar that are funded by voluntary dues are not subject to these restrictions, and may engage in ideological activities on their own behalf provided that they follow the policies and procedures in Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Order 2004-01 and in Article VIII of the Bylaws of the State Bar of Michigan.

Administrative Order 2004-01 limits and describes the issues on which the State Bar may take public policy positions, and the process for section and member involvement.

Article VIII of the Bylaws of the State Bar of Michigan governs public policy advocacy by sections and committees of the State Bar.

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