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The Charitable Trust Section functions for Michigan citizens as a repository of financial and other information about charities they may want to support. At any one time there are more than 10,000 charities registered with the Attorney General's Charitable Trust Section. Most charities soliciting contributions in Michigan are required to register with the Charitable Trust Section. One of the goals of the Attorney General is to help educate the public and to assist them in making wise choices about what charities to support.
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The Michigan Attorney General has determined that a full and complete investigation of what happened within the Catholic Church is required. This investigation is and will continue to be independent, thorough, transparent, and prompt. My department and this investigation will find out who knew what, and when.
The Michigan Department of Attorney General utilizes the services of Special Assistant Attorneys General from time to time when the unique circumstances of a particular case create the need for specialized services not currently available within the department.
The Conviction Integrity Unit (the “CIU”) investigates claims of innocence to determine whether there is clear and convincing new evidence that the convicted defendant was not the person who committed the offense.
In Michigan, a victim is an individual who suffers direct or threatened physical, financial, or emotional harm as a result of the commission of a crime.
The Task Force launched in 2019 and consists of more than 55 different organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sectors – all working together to combat elder abuse.
The laws regarding expungement of criminal offenses in Michigan changed in major ways in April of 2021. This page is designed to help applicants navigate their way through the new laws, help them determine if they are eligible to have convictions expunged, to answer frequently asked questions about the new laws, and to provide links for resources and assistance.
In late 2018, Attorney General Dana Nessel was elected and upon taking office in 2019, she made decisions to put a conflict wall in place that allowed her to lead the civil litigation into the Flint Water Crisis. The Office of Special Counsel was no longer needed, and Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud and Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy were tapped to lead the criminal investigation.
To investigate and prosecute hate crimes by following up on every credible tip and offer departmental resources to assist local and federal law enforcement partners in this effort.
The Michigan Attorney General is leading the fight against this horrific crime by prosecuting the state's first-ever criminal cases under state law banning human trafficking in Michigan. Victims of human trafficking are in bondage through force, fraud or coercion, for the purpose of sex or labor exploitation.
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Michigan Attorney General's robocall initiative is leading several efforts to protect Michigan residents from the billion plus robocalls made to them every year.
The Attorney General provides Consumer Alerts to inform the public of unfair, misleading, or deceptive business practices, and to provide information and guidance on other issues of concern. Consumer Alerts are not legal advice, legal authority, or a binding legal opinion from the Department of Attorney General.
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March 06, 2023
LANSING – Four attorneys from the Michigan Attorney General’s office were recently honored with a Distinguished Brief Award from the 37th Annual Western Michigan University (WMU) Thomas M. Cooley Law Review. The Award was presented at a remote ceremony on March 3rd, where Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein was the keynote speaker and members of the judiciary were present.
“I’m incredibly proud of our attorneys who worked collaboratively on this award-winning brief,” said Nessel. “This recognition demonstrates the power of good legal briefing and how impactful it can be in shaping the law. I can honestly say that my office has some of the best attorneys in the country. They show their dedication to the people of this state each and every day. Their brief was instrumental to our victory.”
The attorneys receiving this award were Solicitor General Ann Sherman, Assistant Solicitor General Chris Allen, and Assistant Attorneys General Kyla Barranco and Tonya Jeter.
These attorneys drafted the Michigan Supreme Court brief in the Rouch World, LLC v. Department of Civil Rights case decided in July 2022. The brief argued that the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act’s prohibition of discrimination “because of . . . sex” necessarily encompassed sexual-orientation discrimination because those concepts are intertwined. By simple logic, one cannot define a person’s sexual orientation without knowing that person’s sex, so any adverse action on account of a person’s sexual orientation implicates their sex, and thus the Michigan statute’s protections.”
The brief also pointed to the U.S. Supreme Court’s analysis in Bostock v Clayton Co., 140 S Ct 1731 (2020), which held that the identical statutory phrase in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act encompassed sexual orientation discrimination. The Michigan Supreme Court agreed, holding that “[d]iscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation necessarily constitutes discrimination because of sex” and is a violation of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act’s protections.
The panel involved in selecting the brief for this prestigious award was comprised of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Megan K. Cavanagh, Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth M. Welch, Judge Amy Ronayne Krause, Judge Anica Letica, Judge Michelle M. Rick, Judge Michael J. Riordan, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, and WMU-Cooley Professor Christi Henke.
The Department will highlight a variety of consumer alerts, beginning with Michigan’s Lemon Law.