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The Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan provides education, information, and analysis about issues of concern through meetings, seminars, this site, public service programs, and publication of a newsletter. Membership in the Section is open to all members of the State Bar of Michigan.

The purposes of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan are:

  • to study the criminal law and procedure of the State of Michigan, making recommendations to the State Bar of Michigan, elected officials, the Legislature, the judiciary, and the general public of this State concerning alterations, innovations, and improvements therein so as to promote justice and the efficient administration of justice, and to protect the public and the rights of each individual
  • to promote means of reducing the volume of crime in the State of Michigan
  • to promote effective institutional and non-institutional correction and rehabilitation of individuals convicted of violating criminal laws of the State

The Criminal Law Section proposes to accomplish the above by promoting research projects, sponsoring meetings, institutes, and conferences of educational value, supporting publication of legal writings, and adopting positions on issues of public concern in the field of criminal law.

Council Nominations


The Criminal Law Section's Annual Meeting & Program will take place on Friday, September 28, at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.

During the business meeting from 9:00–10:00 a.m., Section members can stand for election to the Council. The five candidates receiving the most votes will serve a three-year term. Due to recent vacancies on the Council, the two candidates receiving the next highest number of votes will serve a one-year term (ending September 2019).

A candidate must be a member in good standing of the Criminal Law Section. Those who wish to be nominated, or those who wish to nominate another member, should submit the name, P number, and address of the nominee with a brief written candidate statement (no more than one page) to Michael Marutiak at MarutiakM@michigan.gov. Nominations will also be allowed from the floor.

For questions about the elections, please call Michael Marutiak during regular business hours at (517) 242-4792.

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