Legal Affairs

The Managing Attorney and MDCR staff attorneys serve as legal advisors to MDCR. The attorneys' responsibilities include: providing legal guidance and strategy on issues and cases as they progress through the enforcement process, reviewing pending legislation impacting civil rights in Michigan, writing amicus briefs on pending court cases, drafting Charges for administrative hearings, litigating cases in the administrative hearing process, attending enforcement unit meetings, educating enforcement unit colleagues on current legal issues, conducting new employee training, and designing and implementing grants for fair housing programs.

The Department also maintains a library of historical and current civil rights documents, books, information and research pre-dating the 1963 inception of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. A Librarian serves as a valuable resource to both internal and external customers.