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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.

Annual Meeting & Election Information


During the Annual Meeting, five members will be elected to the Council, a treasurer will be selected, and officers will be installed in their new positions.

To be elected, a candidate must be a member in good standing with the Section. Those who wish to be nominated, or those who wish to nominate another member, should submit the candidate's name, P number, address, and a brief written statement (by or on behalf of the nominee) of no more than one page to Mike Marutiak at MarutiakM@michigan.gov or:

Michael Marutiak
Criminal Law Section
1131 Vail Court
Lansing, MI 48917-4000

The meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. at Cobo Center in Detroit. Please be prompt, or you may miss the election. You must be present to vote. Candidates do not have to be present, but their presence is encouraged. A brief oral statement by candidates is permitted before elections. The five candidates receiving the most votes will serve a three-year term. The winners of the election will be announced at the meeting immediately after votes are counted.

Questions about the elections should be directed to Michael Marutiak at MarutiakM@michigan.gov or (517) 242-4792.

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