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.

Michigan Indigent Defense Commission

Michigan Indigent Defense Commission - Proposed Standard for Determining Indigency and Contribution

The MIDC proposes this minimum standard for making indigency determinations for those local funding units that elect to assume the responsibility of appointing counsel and for setting the amount that a partially indigent defendant must contribute to their defense.

POSITION: Support with amendments to the “Indigency Determination” section to increase the rebuttable presumption for indigency from 140% to 200% of the federal poverty guidelines and to add “transcripts and other case-related expenses” as qualifying costs under subsection (f).

 

In the Hall of Justice

Proposed Amendment of Rule 2.108 of the Michigan Court Rules (ADM File No. 2020-11) – Time (See Michigan Bar Journal August 2020, p 74)
STATUS: Comment Period Expired 10/01/20; Public Hearing to be Scheduled
POSITION: Support.

Amendment of Rule 4.202 of the Michigan Court Rules (ADM File No. 2020-14) – Summary Proceedings: Land Contract Forfeiture (See Michigan Bar Journal August 2020, p 75)
STATUS: Comment Period Expired 10/01/20; Public Hearing to be Scheduled
POSITION: Support.

M Crim JI 13.9 and 13.9aFalse Report of a Felony; False Report of Medical or Other Emergency (See Michigan Bar Journal August 2020, p 66)
STATUS: Comment Period Expires 11/01/20
POSITION: Support.

M Crim JI 15 – (Traffic Offenses) (See Michigan Bar Journal August 2020, p 66)
STATUS: Comment Period Expires 11/01/20
POSITION: Support.

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.

Member Comments

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Members are encouraged to submit comments on pending public policy issues, including proposed court rules and legislation that is eligible to be considered by the Board of Commissioners for action. All comments received from members will be shared with the Board of Commissioners and/or Representative Assembly when they consider that public policy item.

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Links of Interest

Searchable Positions Database

The searchable database includes all positions taken by the State Bar and positions reported to the State Bar by its sections and committees. Users are able to search the database by legislative session, bill number, bill sponsor, State Bar positions, section positions, committee positions, or practice area.

Legislation Recently Signed into Public Acts

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