The State Bar of Michigan functions as a mandatory or integrated bar association and is based in Lansing. It was founded in 1935 and operates under the authority of the Michigan Supreme Court. Its governing board has 33 members who elect their own president and vice-president. It also has a representative assembly with 150 members who make policy by which the state bar operates.
The State Bar of Michigan has over 45,000 members. All of the members are required to pay annual dues and remain in good standing with the organization as well as the legal industry in the state. Attorneys who are not admitted to the state bar are not allowed to practice law in Michigan.
The annual dues that members pay allow access to services and benefits that are exclusive to those admitted to the state bar. For example, attorneys who are current and in good standing can take advantage of the advertising services available through the state bar. The advertising services help promote an attorney’s law firm or individual practice that could garner more notice from potential clients.
Further, members also receive discounts on services and goods from merchants and businesses in the state. These savings can be applied to everything from car rentals to office supplies. It also can include savings on clothing purchases, legal publications, and technology services.
The public also has access to services that are found on the state bar’s website. For example, someone wanting to prepare for and be a part in his or her own legal case might have a variety of questions. Before meeting with and retaining a lawyer, this person could get answers to most of the questions and concerns by using the civic education links.
People can also get access to consumer alerts and tips by visiting the state bar’s website. These tips and alerts are published on a regular basis and kept updated for public safety. These resources and others are available at no cost and can be accessed anytime.
Another unique service provided by the state bar of Michigan is the Client Protection Fund. This fund reimburses people who have been taken advantage of or victimized by attorneys in the state. To make a claim, people can download and print off the required documents on the website before submitting them to the state bar. The State Bar of Michigan’s address is 306 Townsend Street, Lansing, Michigan, 48933.