Michigan

Rule 5.5 MJP/UPL Current

(a) A lawyer shall not practice law in a jurisdiction in violation of the regulation of the legal profession in that jurisdiction, or assist another in doing so.

(b) A lawyer who is not admitted to practice in this jurisdiction shall not:

(1) except as authorized by law or these rules, establish an office or other systematic and continuous presence in this jurisdiction for the practice of law; or

(2) hold out to the public or otherwise represent that the lawyer is admitted to practice law in this jurisdiction.

(c) A lawyer admitted in another jurisdiction of the United States and not disbarred or suspended from practice in any jurisdiction may provide temporary legal services in this jurisdiction that:

(1) are undertaken in association with a lawyer who is admitted to practice in this jurisdiction and who actively participates in the matter;

(2) are in or reasonably related to a pending or potential proceeding before a tribunal in this or another jurisdiction, if the lawyer or a person the lawyer is assisting is authorized by law to appear in such proceeding or reasonably expects to be so authorized;

(3) are in or reasonably related to a pending or potential arbitration, mediation, or other alternative dispute resolution proceeding in this or another jurisdiction, if the services arise out of or are reasonably related to the lawyer’s practice in a jurisdiction in which the lawyer is admitted to practice and are not services for which the forum requires pro hac vice admission; or

(4) are not covered by paragraphs (c)(2) or (c)(3) and arise out of or are reasonably related to the lawyer’s practice in a jurisdiction in which the lawyer is admitted to practice.

(d) A lawyer admitted in another jurisdiction of the United States and not disbarred or suspended from practice in any jurisdiction may provide legal services in this jurisdiction that:

(1) are provided to the lawyer’s employer or its organizational affiliates and are not services for which the forum requires pro hac vice admission; or

(2) are services that the lawyer is authorized by law to provide in this jurisdiction.

Comments to Rule 5.5

In-House Counsel Rule

Rule 5(D) of the Rules for the Board of Law Examiners allows a special certificate of qualification to practice law without examination for attorneys “practicing law in an institutional setting,” provided counsel is licensed in good standing in another U.S. jurisdiction and has actively practiced law for at least three of the five years immediately preceding the application. The certificate terminates if counsel leaves the institution, but he or she may reapply for a new certificate if a new position is found with another Michigan employer.

Pro Hac Vice

Michigan Supreme Court Rules Concerning the State Bar of Michigan Rule 15 Section 2 allows temporary permission to practice to foreign attorneys.

Admission on Motion

Pursuant to Michigan Complied Laws Section 600.946, applicants must be licensed and in good standing to practice law in the high court of any U.S. state, territory, or district, have actively practiced or taught law as their principal occupation for the past three of five years immediately preceding application, and intend to maintain an office and actively practice in Michigan.

Contact

State Bar of Michigan
Michael Franck Building
306 Townsend Street
Lansing, Michigan 48933-2083
Phone (517) 346-6300
(800) 968-1442
Fax (517) 482-6248