Appointments to Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions announced

The Michigan Supreme Court yesterday announced its appointments to the Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions which drafts standard instructions for juries in civil cases.

The 21-member Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions, created under Supreme Court Administrative Order No. 2001-6, is composed of judges and attorneys appointed by the Supreme Court. Members are appointed for three-year terms and may be reappointed for two additional terms.

The court appointed Hillsdale County Circuit Court Judge Michael R. Smith to succeed Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Brian R. Sullivan. Also appointed was Grand Blanc attorney Thomas W. Waun, principal in the law firm of Waun & Parillo PLLC, to succeed attorney David S. Mittleman of Church Wyble PC, Lansing.

The court also reappointed the following committee members:

* Helen K. Joyner, Fieger Fieger Kenney Giroux & Danzig PC, Southfield.

* Mark T. Boonstra, Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC, Ann Arbor.

* Kent County Circuit Court Judge James R. Redford.

* Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Michael D. Warren.

* Thomas Van Dusen, Bodman PLC, Troy.

Each will serve a three-year term from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2014.

Other committee members include:

* Berrien County Trial Court Judge Alfred M. Butzbaugh (chair).

* Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Jane M. Beckering, Grand Rapids.

* Mark R. Bendure, Bendure & Thomas PC, Detroit.

* Patricia J. Boyle, Kienbaum, Opperwall, Hardy, & Pelton PLC, Birmingham.

* W. Mack Faison, Miller, Canfield, Paddock, & Stone PLC, Detroit.

* Elizabeth Phelps Hardy, Kienbaum, Opperwall, Hardy, & Pelton PLC, Birmingham.

* Gary P. Gordon, Dykema Gossett PLLC, Lansing.

* Monroe County Probate Court Judge John A. Hohman Jr.

* Daniel J. McCarthy, Lippitt O'Keefe PLLC, Birmingham.

* Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Douglas B. Shapiro, Lansing.

* Noreen L. Slank, Collins, Einhorn, Farrell, & Ulanoff PC, Southfield.

* Joseph C. Smith, Smith & Gibson PC, Southfield.

* Paul C. Smith, Michigan Department of Human Services, Detroit.

* Sanilac County Circuit Court Judge Donald A. Teeple.

Civil jury instructions are given in each civil case tried to a jury. Topics include the duties of the jury, trial procedure, and the law applicable to the case.

The Model Civil Jury Instructions are online at The website also includes information on how to contact the committee to comment on existing or proposed jury instructions, or to suggest new instructions.

Published: Fri, Dec 23, 2011