Pro Hac Vice Admissions
Out-of-state attorneys seeking to appear before a Michigan court, administrative tribunal or agency,
or arbitration proceeding must comply with Michigan's pro hac vice rules. The Michigan Supreme
Court has implemented MCR 8.126, MCR 9.108, and Rule 15 of the Rules Concerning the State Bar of
Michigan in this regard. Every lawyer admitted under the pro hac vice rules is subject to the
jurisdiction of Michigan's attorney disciplinary system.
Out-of-state attorneys are required to pay a fee of $125 for
each motion filed. This fee must be paid to the State Bar of Michigan before the motion is filed and
should be sent to the attention of the Finance Department, State Bar of Michigan, 306 Townsend St,
Lansing, MI 48933. The State Bar will provide a written acknowledgement letter to the out-of-state
attorney stating that the fee has been paid. Questions concerning payments should be directed to
the State Bar of Michigan at (517) 346-6300 or toll free at (800) 968-1442.
The motion for admission pro hac vice must include the following documents:
- The out-of-state attorney's affidavit verifying the requirements
of MCR 8.126(A)(1)(a)(i) - (iv);
- A current certificate of good standing from the jurisdiction where
the out-of-state attorney is licensed and eligible to practice law;
- The acknowledgement letter from the State Bar of Michigan showing
that the fee of $125 has been paid. It is not sufficient to attach the
copy of the check sent to the State Bar.
The motion for admission pro hac vice must be submitted to the Attorney
Grievance Commission at the time it is filed with the tribunal. To aid the AGC's processing of
the matter, the contact name and address of the tribunal where the motion is being filed must be
provided. Upon receipt of the motion, the AGC must, within seven days, inform the tribunal, the
Michigan attorney, and the out-of-state attorney whether that out-of-state attorney has been admitted
in Michigan in the past 365 days and, if so, the number of times. An out-of-state attorney is
permitted to appear and practice in no more than five cases in a 365-day period.
The tribunal, which has the discretion to permit the out-of-state
attorney to appear and practice, cannot enter an order until receipt of the AGC's letter. A copy of
the order must be provided to the AGC upon entry of the order.
A copy of the motion and all supporting documents should be mailed
to Attn: Pro Hac Vice, Attorney Grievance Commission, 535 Griswold, Suite 1700, Detroit, MI 48226.
For faster processing, e-mail all documents to ProHacVice@agcmi.com.
For additional questions, call the AGC at 313-961-6585 or email questions to ProHacVice@agcmi.com.