Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan

April 5, 2021
Volume 19, Issue 14

At the Capitol

The House of Representatives and Senate are scheduled to be in session next on Tuesday, April 13th.
House Schedule
Senate Schedule

Legislation Introduced
Recently, bills were introduced in the following areas of law:

At the Court

Apply by May 1 to Serve on Foster Care Review Board

ADM File No. 2019-35: Amendment of MCR 6.502
The amendment of MCR 6.502 addresses the issue of a court’s recharacterization of a defendant’s motion for relief from judgment that is styled as something other than a motion for relief from judgment. The court is required to notify the defendant of its intent to recharacterize the motion and allow the defendant an opportunity to withdraw or amend the motion.
Issued: 4/1/21
Effective: 5/1/21

Proposed Amendment
ADM File No. 2020-36: Proposed Amendment of MCR 3.945 and Proposed Addition of MCR 3.947
The proposed amendment of MCR 3.945 and the proposed addition of MCR 3.947 would make procedural changes involving the placement of foster care children in a qualified residential treatment program as required by newly-enacted 2021 PA 5.
Issued: 4/1/21
Comment Period Expires: 8/1/21

At the Bar

April 24 Representative Assembly Agenda
The Representative Assembly will be meeting on Saturday, April 24, 2021. The agenda is posted online. Members of the State Bar are invited to submit comments to Representative Assembly on any of the items on the agenda. All comments received by April 22 will be shared with the Assembly.

News Items
New Executive Order Establishes Task Force on Forensic Science
Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2021-04 today establishing the Task Force on Forensic Science.

Judicial Vacancies—Wayne County, City of Detroit & City of E. Lansing
Applications must be submitted electronically and received by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 16, 2021.

Applications for 2021 Pro Bono Honor Roll Due April 19
The Pro Bono Honor Roll publicly recognizes individual attorneys, law firms, and corporations for pro bono service provided in the previous calendar year.

Representative Assembly to Consider License Fee Change
At its April 24 meeting, the Representative Assembly will consider recommending to the MSC an increase to the SBM portion of the licensing fee set by the Court.

Links of Interest

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