Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan

April 25, 2022
Volume 20, Issue 17

In the Capitol

4/26 House Judiciary, 9:00 a.m. MORE
HJR Q (Rep. Sue Allor) Courts: judges; age limit for election of or appointment to a judicial office; amend.
SBM Position on HJR Q: Support.
HB 5749 (Rep. Andrew Fink) Courts: district court; compensation for district court judges; increase.
Presentation by SCAO on Proposed Rule Change Regarding Virtual Hearings.

4/26 House Families, Children, and Seniors, 12:00 p.m. MORE
Agenda Item of Interest:
HB 5975 (Rep. Laurie Pohutsky) Courts: guardian ad litem; trauma-informed training for lawyer-guardian ad litem; require.

Complete Committee Meeting List

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

At the Bar

SBM makes it easier for firms to make license renewal payments
The State Bar of Michigan is launching an improved service that allows firms to easily pay their attorneys’ license fees.

Ethics opinion clarifies responding to negative online reviews
The State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners has issued a formal ethics opinion regarding responding to negative online reviews.

Well-Being Week in Law begins May 2
Well-Being Week in Law is the first full week of May this year, part of a nationwide effort to promote the mental health and well-being of members of the legal profession.

Judicial Vacancies—Monroe & Mecosta/Osceola Counties
Applications must be submitted electronically and received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2022.

U.S. Dist. Court Eastern Dist.: Notice of Amendments to Local Rules
The Judges of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan approved for publication and comment amendments to local rules.

Volunteers Needed for Driver's License Reinstatement
Attorneys are needed to volunteer at free legal clinics to help individuals through the process of restoring their driver’s licenses.

Links of Interest

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