Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan

May 26, 2023
Volume 21, Issue 22

The State Bar of Michigan will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.

In the Capitol

Complete Committee Meeting List

Legislation Introduced 05/23–25
Last week bills were introduced in the following areas of law:

At the Court

The Michigan Supreme Court will hold a virtual public administrative hearing on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, beginning at 9:30 a.m. To reserve a place on the agenda, please contact the Court via or 517-373-1239 by Friday, June 2.

ADM File No. 2021-21: Amendment of MCR 3.613
The amendment of MCR 3.613 clarifies the process courts must use after receiving a petition requesting nonpublication and confidentiality of a name change proceeding.
Issued: 5/24/23
Effective: 7/1/23

ADM File No. 2023-05: Proposed Amendment of MCR 3.613
To avoid confusion, the proposed amendment of MCR 3.613 incorporates the amendment of MCR 3.613 (ADM File No. 2021-21), which takes effect July 1, 2023.
The proposed amendment of MCR 3.613 in this ADM file would add a new subrule (H) that is similar to MCR 2.002(I) and would require a court to pay the costs of publication in a name change proceeding if fees are waived under MCR 2.002, publication is required by law, and publication has not been waived under MCR 3.613.
Issued: 5/24/23
Comment Period Expires: 9/1/23

Personal Statement from Justice Bernstein

Michigan Courts Are Addressing Mental Health on Multiple Fronts

At the Bar

June 9 Board of Commissioners Public Policy Agenda
The SBM Board of Commissioners will be considering several public policy items at its June 9 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.


ABA Pro Bono Survey
The American Bar Association is inviting Michigan attorneys to participate in a pro bono survey to help assess the legal services provided to persons of limited means.

Join us for 14th Annual State Bar of Michigan’s Young Lawyers Summit
The Young Lawyers Section will host its 14th Annual Summit from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on June 24, 2023.

Electronic ballots for the 2023 State Bar Elections are being mailed
Electronic ballots for the 2023 State Bar Elections are being mailed May 23, 2023.

Links of Interest

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