Public Policy Update from the State Bar of Michigan
November 2-8, 2009
Volume 7 Issue 45

FOCUS: Legal Services Corporation
On November 5, 2009, the United States Senate passed the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies bill HR 2847. This bill provides $400 million for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and removal of the federal restriction on state, local, and private funds held by LSC grantees, excepting abortion-related and prisoner representation cases.

In the Capitol
The Michigan House of Representatives and Senate will not be in session on November 11 due to the holiday. The Senate will reconvene at 10 a.m. and the House at 12 p.m. on November 12.
House Session Schedule
Senate Session Schedule

Committee Meetings of Interest for the Week of 11/9
11/12 House Judiciary: Mental Health
Agenda: HB 5175 Clarify juvenile competency and culpability; HB 5482 Clarify restoration of juvenile to competency to proceed; HB 5483 Clarify restoration of juvenile to competency to proceed; HB 5484 Clarify certain statements made during juvenile competency evaluation; HB 5485 Clarify juvenile competency definitions; HB 5486 Require juvenile competency hearing; HB 5487 Clarify juvenile competency and evaluation; HB 5488 Require juvenile competency evaluation to use a qualified examiner; HB 5489 Clarify juvenile competency evaluation and report.

Complete Committee Meeting List

New Public Acts

Legislation Introduced 11/3–11/5
Of Interest to the Legal Community

HB 5579 Crime victims; restitution; additional restitution for victims of human trafficking; provide for.

In the Hall of Justice
Disqualification Procedure for Justices, Chief Judge Appointments for State Courts, are on Agenda for Nov. 5 Michigan Supreme Court Public Administrative Conference

'Heart Gallery' of Children Awaiting Adoption on Display at Michigan Hall of Justice Throughout November

Case of Patient Shot in Southfield Psychiatrist's Office to be Argued Before Michigan Supreme Court Last Wednesday

At the Bar
The State Bar of Michigan's Public Policy, Image, and Identity Committee and the Board of Commissioners will meet on November 19, 2009. For more information, please contact

The November 2009 issue of the Michigan Bar Journal is now available online at

Member Advisory: Court Rules Red Flags Rule Does Not Apply to Lawyers

State News
House Aims to Aid Schools
(Lansing State Journal, 11/6/09)

Governor Asks Michigan Legislature to Pass Revenue-Raising Measures
(Detroit News, 11/5/09)

Michigan Supreme Court Considers Changes to Rules of Professional Conduct
(Detroit Legal News Examiner, 11/5/09)

Granholm Warns of 20% Budget Cuts
(Detroit Free Press, 11/4/09)

U-M Innocence Project Helps Win Convicted Murderer a New Trial
(Detroit News, 11/3/09)

Links of Interest
Public Policy Resource Center | Michigan Supreme Court | Michigan Legislature | MCL Search Engines