Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
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April 6, 2020
Volume 18, Issue 14

FAQ About COVID-19 from Michigan Lawyers

Updated April 6, 2020
The State Bar of Michigan is committed to helping Michigan lawyers respond optimally throughout the COVID-19 situation. If you have a question about COVID-19 and its impact on Michigan lawyers, please ask us here. We'll keep updating the information below and working to get you answers. In some cases, the questions we're receiving have not yet been answered by the decision-makers involved. Know that we are in touch with them and will share answers here as we have them.

If you have a question or concern that’s specific to your practice area, we encourage you to join the relevant State Bar of Michigan section. These communities are crowdsourcing and sharing information that is crucial to the practice area of the section.

Here are some other resources we have available to you:

At the Bar

FAQ About COVID-19 from Michigan Lawyers

U.S. Supreme Court postpones April arguments

2020 SBM Election Information

Clio Pledges $1 Million to Help Legal Community During Pandemic

Michigan Indigent Defense Commission Vacancy

Updated March 31, 2020—Deadline extended to April 8, 2020

The State Bar Board of Commissioners is seeking names of persons interested in filling the following agency vacancy:

Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC): 1 vacancy to complete the balance of a remaining term that expires April 1, 2022.

The MIDC was created through Public Act 93 of 2013. Among other duties, the MIDC proposes minimum standards for the local delivery of indigent criminal defense services and identifies and encourages best practices for delivering the effective assistance of counsel to indigent defendants charged with crimes. Individuals seeking appointment to the MIDC should have significant experience in the defense or prosecution of criminal proceedings or have demonstrated a strong commitment to providing effective representation in indigent criminal defense services. Individuals who receive compensation from this state or an indigent criminal defense system for providing prosecution of or representation to indigent adults in state courts are not eligible to serve as a member of the MIDC. Under the act, the State Bar will submit a list of three names from which the Governor will select one to serve on the commission. For more information on the duties and responsibilities of the MIDC, please see Public Act 93 of 2013.
Deadline for responses is April 8, 2020.

Applications received after the deadline indicated will not be considered. Those applying for this appointment should submit a resume and a letter outlining the applicant’s background and nature of interest in the position.

Applications should be sent to or
James W. Heath, Secretary
c/o Peter Cunningham
State Bar of Michigan
306 Townsend St
Lansing, MI 48933-2012

In the Capitol

Both the House of Representatives and Senate have scheduled session for the following dates: April 7 and April 15. The Senate has also scheduled session for April 16.

At the Court

Chief Justice Orders Hiring Freeze and Spending Restrictions

Jail Population Reduction to Curb the Spread of COVID-19; Jails Task Force recommendations are a roadmap for the short and long term

Links of Interest

SBM Public Policy Resource Center
Public Acts
Michigan Supreme Court
Michigan Legislature
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