The Michigan Supreme Court is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Supreme Court general counsel. The person in this position provides legal counsel to the chief justice, the justices, the state court administrator, and the staffs of the Michigan Supreme Court and the State Court Administrative Office, and oversees issues involving interaction between the executive and legislative branches of federal and state government.
A qualified applicant will have a juris doctor from an accredited law school, more than seven years of legal experience, and active membership in the State Bar of Michigan. The candidate will also possess strong legal research, writing, and oral presentation skills. Knowledge and background in the legislative process and government administration are preferred.
The new Supreme Court counsel will succeed Matthew Schneider, who has accepted a position as chief legal counsel to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. In March, Schneider was recognized as a “Leader in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly for, among other achievements, his contributions to court and judicial reform. Before joining the Supreme Court in 2011, her served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Detroit in the Public Corruption Unit, which investigates and prosecutes corrupt public officials, organized crime, drug traffickers, and others. From 2002-2003, Schneider served as senior advisor and assistant general counsel in the White House Budget Office, where he provided legal and policy advice to cabinet members and senior presidential staff. From 2000-2002, he was an associate in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Wiley, Rein & Fielding L.L.P., where he advised clients on business and trade issues. A 2000 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Schneider is an adjunct professor at the Michigan State University College of Law, where he teaches advanced criminal procedure.