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Special Counsel to the Governor of Michigan Clerkship Position

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Job Type

Full-time; One year appointment

About the Role

OLC includes the Governor’s Chief Legal Counsel, the Chief Compliance Officer, Deputy Legal Counsels, a Paralegal, and an Executive Assistant. In addition, the office runs a clerkship program for law students and usually has 1 to 3 law clerks.

OLC provides a range of legal services for the Governor and her staff within the Executive Office of the Governor. Attorneys within OLC frequently collaborate with other divisions within the Executive Office of the Governor, including Appointments, Communications, Community Affairs, Federal Affairs, Legislative and Public Affairs, and Policy. Attorneys within OLC also regularly liaise with the Department of Attorney General and leadership of other departments and agencies in the Executive Branch.

Although the Special Counsel to the Governor will have a portfolio covering particular issue areas, the type of work can vary considerably depending on need. Responsibilities may include the following:

Advising on major litigation facing the Governor and the State of Michigan, working with the Department of Attorney General;
Reviewing policy initiatives and crafting administrative solutions;
Analyzing legislation, including both policy and appropriations bills;
Participating in the judicial appointment process and reviewing non-judicial appointments;
Drafting executive orders and executive directives;
Advising on emergency management;
Addressing matters that arise with Michigan’s 12 federally recognized tribes;
Reviewing public communications from the Executive Office of the Governor.
The work within OLC is fast-paced and wide-ranging, covering the scope of the governor’s executive powers. The culture is collegial and supportive. The most promising applicants will be organized, responsive, creative, and client-focused.


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