Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
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May 4, 2020
Volume 18, Issue 18

FAQ About COVID-19 from Michigan Lawyers

Updated April 23, 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.

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Articles from Michigan Lawyers about the COVID-19 Pandemic

Appellate Practice Section Shares Appellate Brief Pilot Program

At the Court

Statement from Chief Justice Bridget M. McCormack regarding the “Light Up for Life” effort to honor those who have lost the battle versus COVID-19, those who are in isolation still fighting, and those who are on the frontline every day:

Supreme Court Recognizes Outstanding Service of Judges and Court Staff; Court Thanks Judicial Employees to Kick Off Public Service Recognition Week

MDHHS and Courts Partner to Return Children Home from Foster Care during COVID-19

Supreme Court extends Personal Protection Orders: Orders that expire through June 1 extended to July 21, 2020

Administrative Orders
ADM File No. 2020-08: Amendment of Administrative Order No. 2020-3 (Amendment of Order Extending Deadline for Commencement of Actions)
Issued: 5/1/20
Effective: Immediately

ADM File No. 2020-08: Administrative Order No. 2020-13 (Order Authorizing Courts to Collect Contact Information)
Issued: 4/29/20
Effective: Immediately

ADM File No. 2020-08: Administrative Order No. 2020-12 (Extension of Administrative Order Nos. 2020-1, 2020-2, 2020-6, 2020-9)
Issued: 4/27/20
Effective: Immediately

ADM File No. 2020-08: Administrative Order No. 2020-11 (Extension of Personal Protection Orders that Expire During the State of Emergency)
Issued: 4/27/20
Effective: Immediately

At the Capitol

5/6 House Judiciary, 10:00 a.m. MORE
HB 5368 Establish transit police officers as law enforcement officers;
HB 5369 Modify motor vehicle code to provide for street cars;
HB 5411 Provide for penalties for interference in the operation of the United States census;
HB 5417 Allow a parent or guardian to execute a do-not-resuscitate order on behalf of a minor child;
Family Law Section Position on HB 5417: Oppose.
HB 5418 Create filing, storage, and notice rules regarding do-not-resuscitate orders and comfort or care plans and limitation of liability for providing these measures;
Family Law Section Position on HB 5418: Oppose.
HB 5419 Authorize a guardian of a minor to execute a do-not-resuscitate order;
Family Law Section Position on HB 5419: Oppose.
HB 5488 Extend the sunset of certain permissible costs;
Criminal Law Section Position on HB 5488: Support.
HB 5679 Modify sex offender registration act;
SB 718 Allow roadside drug testing for controlled substances.

Legislation Introduced 4/28–4/30/20
Last week bills were introduced in the following areas of law:

Links of Interest

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