(A) Authority of Commission. The Attorney Grievance Commission is the prosecution arm of the Supreme Court for discharge of its constitutional responsibility to supervise and discipline Michigan attorneys and those temporarily admitted to practice under MCR 8.126 or otherwise subject to the disciplinary authority of the Supreme Court.
(B) Composition. The commission consists of 3 laypersons and 6 attorneys appointed by the Supreme Court. The members serve 3-year terms. A member may not serve more than 2 full terms.
(C) Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson. The Supreme Court shall designate from among the members of the commission a chairperson and a vice-chairperson who shall serve 1-year terms in those offices. The commencement and termination dates for the 1-year terms shall coincide appropriately with the 3-year membership terms of those officers and the other commission members. The Supreme Court may reappoint these officers for additional terms and may remove these officers prior to the expiration of a term. An officer appointed to fill a mid-term vacancy shall serve the remainder of that term and may be reappointed to serve up to 2 more full terms.
(D) Internal Rules.
(1) The commission must elect annually from among its membership a secretary to keep the minutes of the commission’s meetings and issue the required notices.
(2) Five members constitute a quorum. The commission acts by majority vote of the members participating in the meeting.
(3) The commission must meet monthly at a time and place the chairperson designates. Notice of a regular monthly meeting is not required.
(4) A special meeting may be called by the chairperson or by petition of 3 commission members on 7 days’ written notice. The notice may be waived in writing or by attending the meeting. Special meetings may be conducted through electronic means.
(E) Powers and Duties. The commission has the power and duty to:
(1) recommend attorneys to the Supreme Court for appointment as administrator and deputy administrator;
(2) supervise the investigation of attorney misconduct, including requests for investigation of and complaints against attorneys;
(3) supervise the administrator;
(4) seek an injunction from the Supreme Court against an attorney’s misconduct when prompt action is required, even if a disciplinary proceeding concerning that conduct is not pending before the board;
(5) annually propose a budget for the commission and the administrator’s office, including compensation, and submit it to the Supreme Court for approval;
(6) submit to the Supreme Court proposed changes in these rules; and
(7) perform other duties provided in these rules.