Out-of-state lawyers seeking to appear before a Michigan court, administrative tribunal or agency, or arbitration proceeding, must comply with Michigan’s pro hac vice rule. Lawyers seeking temporary admission should review MCR 8.126, MCR 9.108, and Rule 15 of the Rules Concerning the State Bar of Michigan. Every lawyer admitted under the pro hac vice rule is subject to the jurisdiction of Michigan's lawyer discipline system. MCR 8.126 provides that an out-of-state lawyer is permitted to appear and practice in no more than five cases in a 365-day period.
Do not begin the application process until you have a combined PDF of the motion papers, see below, and credit or debit card readily available. The application system does not allow you to edit case information once it is entered. For example, you are not able to enter case information and return to the system to upload documents or otherwise edit the case information previously provided.
To complete your application, you will need to:
- Create an account with your contact information.
- Enter the court, administrative tribunal or agency, or arbitration panel information.
- Enter the Michigan attorney's information.
- Upload a motion prepared and signed by a licensed Michigan attorney seeking your temporary admission.
- Upload a certificate of good standing from one jurisdiction where you are licensed and eligible to practice. (Rule of thumb, the certificate should be dated within 60 days of the motion for admission.)
- Upload an affidavit, signed by you, in compliance with MCR 8.126.
- Pay the required fee by credit or debit card.
NOTE: Completing this process does not guarantee temporary admission. Only an order entered by the court, administrative tribunal or agency, or arbitrator allows temporary admission.