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Daniel Florip

Michigan lawyers may have it good compared to other states, but as a member of the SBM Representative Assembly and having seen some of the "inside" goings on, it's clear that we pay too much, at least by a little. SBM pays me mileage, puts me up in a swank hotel, and gives me meal allowances to attend two Representative Assembly meetings each year. If the portion of each attorney's dues invoice that funds the SBM is $180/year, five lawyers paid their dues this year *just* so I could attend two Representative Assembly meetings. That's utter foolishness. And there's what, 130 members of the Representative Assembly? And that's not even considering rental and prep of the space, catering, printing and mailing the materials, staff time, and all of the other nonsense that supports a body that is largely pointless and anachronistic in our day and age.

And the SBM Board of Commissioners? There are 30-or-so of them? What's the cost of reimbursement for their travel during the year? It must be enormous, given that they all go up to Mackinac Island to stay at the Grand Hotel for two nights each year, not to mention their travel to all of their various meetings, etc.

All the lavish travel expenses showered on the RA and Commissioners might be a small portion of the SBM's total budget, but it's clear that most of that is unnecessary, and doesn't need to be paid for. There are other states in which the bar's governing body gets no mileage and no travel expenses.

Otto stockmeyer

What do you think about MI being one of only six jurisdictions without any MCLE requirement? Does the State Bar have a position on MCLE?

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