Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan

April 24, 2023
Volume 21, Issue 17

In the Capitol

4/26 House Appropriations, 9:00 a.m. MORE
Agenda Items of Interest:
HB 4245 (Rep. Jimmie Wilson) Appropriations: judiciary; appropriations for fiscal year 2023-2024; provide for.
HB 4280 (Rep. Phil Skaggs) Appropriations: department of licensing and regulatory affairs; appropriations for fiscal year 2023-2024; provide for.

4/26 Senate Civil Rights, Judiciary, and Public Safety, Health Policy Joint Meeting, 12:30 p.m. MORE
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Presentations: Avalon Healing Center, Kimberly Hurst – Founder and Executive Director Dr. Rebecca Campbell – MSU Professor.

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislation Introduced 04/18–04/20
Last week bills were introduced in the following areas of law:

At the Court

ADM File No. 2002-37: Amendment of MCR 1.109
he amendments of MCR 1.109(D) and (G) address e-filing issues relating to changes in contact information and e-service of documents that are returned as undeliverable to an email address in the e-filing system.
Issued: 4/20/23
Effective: 1/1/24

ADM File No. 2023-08: Amendment of MCR 7.202
The amendment of MCR 7.202 includes in the definition of “final judgment” or “final order” postjudgment orders deciding a claim for remaining proceeds under MCL 211.78t.
Issued: 4/20/23
Effective: Immediately
Comment Period Expires: 8/1/23

ADM File No. 2022-11: Proposed Amendments of MCR 2.511 and 6.412
The proposed amendments of MCR 2.511(C) and 6.412(C) align with Fed Crim P 24 and Fed Civ R 47 and would require the court to allow the attorneys or parties to conduct voir dire in civil and criminal proceedings if the court examines the prospective jurors. The proposed requirement is subject to the court’s determination that the parties’ or attorneys’ questions are proper.
Issued: 4/20/23
Comment Period Expires: 8/1/23

ADM File No. 2022-14: Proposed Amendment of MCR 2.311
The proposed amendment of MCR 2.311 would allow a mental examination to be recorded by video or audio under certain circumstances.
Issued: 4/20/23
Comment Period Expires: 8/1/23

ADM File No. 2022-26: Proposed Amendment of MCR 6.425
The proposed amendment of MCR 6.425(D)(1)(c) would require a trial court, on the record before sentencing, to personally address the defendant regarding his or her allocution rights and to address any victim who is present and allow the victim to be reasonably heard, similar to FR Crim P 32(i)(4).
Issued: 4/20/23
Comment Period Expires: 8/1/23

ADM File No. 2023-01: Appointment to the Foreign Language Board of Review
Issued: 4/20/23
Effective: Immediately

ADM File No. 2023-01: Appointment to the Justice For All Commission
Issued: 4/20/23
Effective: Immediately

Statements of Chief Justice Clement, Justice Bernstein

At the Bar

April 28 Board of Commissioners Public Policy Agenda
The SBM Board of Commissioners will be considering several public policy items at its April 28 meeting. The public policy agenda can be reviewed online. Members of the State Bar are invited to submit comments to the Board of Commissioners on any of the items on the agenda. All comments received before the meeting will be shared with the Board.

April 29 Representative Assembly Agenda
The Representative Assembly will be meeting on Saturday, April 29, 2023. The agenda is posted online. Members of the State Bar are invited to submit comments to Representative Assembly on the public policy items on the agenda.


Representative Assembly virtual meeting to be held April 29
The Representative Assembly’s spring meeting is 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2023, and will held virtually.

New LEAN resource center can help lawyers maximize their efficiency
A new collection of LEAN Resources specially cultivated for attorneys to help improve your practice, time management, and processes is now available.

Nominating Petitions Due April 30 for 2023 SBM Election
Candidates interested in running must submit their nominating petitions no later than April 30, 2023.

State Bar of Michigan to host 2023 Spring Pro Bono Workshop
The State Bar of Michigan’s 2023 Spring Pro Bono Workshop is set for Tuesday, May 16, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will be offered in-person at the State Bar Building.

Learn benefits of mindfulness at work in free virtual seminar
The Lawyers & Judges Assistance Program (LJAP) is excited to announce its second virtual wellness event, "Cultivating Resilience Through Mindfulness."

State Bar Vacancies on the Michigan Appellate Defender Commission
The State Bar Board of Commissioners is seeking names of persons interested in filling two vacancies.

Links of Interest

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