About the League
The League stands up
for your community.
Our Legal Advocacy department is here to provide assistance to municipalities in matters of legal significance to your community. In addition to advocating for the interests of municipalities in the
court system, the department also provides useful services and legal assistance to our members that
help you face your legal challenges.
Legal Defense Fund (LDF)
The LDF is an advocacy program for municipalities in the state and federal appellate courts. Membership is open to communities for a modest annual fee. Resources of the Fund are extended in cases which would have a considerable impact on Michigan municipal law and would affect the organization, operation, powers, duties, or financing of Michigan’s communities.
Municipal Litigation Center
The goal of the Center is to advance the interests of municipalities in the trial courts and tribunals in Michigan in which municipal concerns are adjudicated. The Center assists by compiling crucial data on the representation of municipalities in Michigan courts, fiscal spending, and the cost of municipal litigation and prosecution. By identifying and classifying areas of particular legal concern, we provide a greater awareness of the significance of how the courts affect the policies and practices of municipalities.
The League’s attorneys are available to consult with your municipal attorney on topics affecting your community. Although they do not issue formal opinions, their direction will strengthen your confidence to face challenging municipal legal issues head on. The Legal Affairs department works collaboratively with each League department, as well as the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA), the Public Corporation Law Section of the Michigan State Bar (PCLS), and the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA).
Leaders and Liaisons in Municipal Law
League attorneys are in constant contact with municipal attorneys and municipal specialists in law firms throughout the state, sharing information and expertise. The League is a clearinghouse for information on legal topics of most importance to elected officials and administrators, as well as attorneys. The League’s general counsel serves as the secretary/treasurer of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys and as an officer of the State League Counsel Section of IMLA. The League’s associate general counsel is director of the Municipal Litigation Center.