Daily Briefs

Absentee ballots now available for Nov. 8 election

Absentee ballots for the November 8 general election are now being mailed to Michigan voters who requested them and are available in city and township clerk offices.

Michigan citizens voted overwhelmingly in 2018 to enshrine in the state Constitution the right to vote absentee without providing a reason. They also granted eligible citizens the right to register to vote up to and on Election Day at their local clerk’s office. Citizens can also register online, at Michigan.gov/Vote, or by mail through Oct. 24.

At Michigan.gov/Vote, eligible citizens can:

• Register to vote (through Oct. 24)

• Check their registration status

• Request an absentee ballot

• Find their local clerk’s office location, hours, contact information, and absentee ballot drop box locations

• Find their polling place

• Track their absentee ballot

• View their sample ballot

General election information is available at Michigan.gov/Elections and commonly misunderstood election topics are explained at Michigan.gov/SOSFact Check.

 

Annual A Lawyer Helps Pro Bono Honor Roll celebrates attorneys, firms

The Justice Initiatives Committee of the State Bar of Michigan is pleased to announce the third annual A Lawyer Helps Pro Bono Honor Roll. The 2022 Honor Roll recognizes individual attorneys, solo practitioners, law firms, and corporations that support access-to-justice efforts by providing pro bono legal services to low-income individuals and families throughout Michigan.

For the 2022 Honor Roll, more than 39,000 pro bono service hours provided by more than 1,100 Michigan-licensed attorneys in the 2021 calendar year were submitted to the State Bar.

Law firms and corporations that submitted an Honor Roll application and achieved a per-attorney average of 30, 50, or 100-plus hours of pro bono legal services in 2021 were eligible for recognition on the 2022 Honor Roll. Individual attorneys and solo practitioners who submitted an Honor Roll application and provided 30, 50, or 100-plus hours of qualifying pro bono legal services in 2021 were also eligible for recognition on the 2022 Honor Roll.

To see the 2022 Pro Bono Honor Roll here, visit www.michbar.org/alawyerhelps/honorroll.

Individual and firm applications for the 2023 Pro Bono Honor Roll recognizing pro bono service hours provided in the 2022 calendar year will be available in early January 2023.


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