Workers’ Paychecks Need Further Protection
By Patrick J. Wright
In its ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a 1992 Washington campaign finance ballot initiative that included a paycheck protection provision.

The People’s Power: Defending Representative Government
By Patrick J. Wright
In one example of the OFIS’ administrative overreach, the agency banned the use of people’s credit ratings in setting their insurance rates.

Property Owners Hit by Regulatory Takings Deserve Compensation
By Patrick J. Wright
Under the Michigan Supreme Court’s current controlling case law, regulatory takings are generally not compensable, though there is a possibility...

Making State Agencies More Accountable
By Patrick J. Wright
Unfortunately, neither the MPSC’s actions nor the DNR’s wide discretion are anomalies...

The Finest Court in the Nation
By Patrick J. Wright
For the past six years, the Michigan Supreme Court has been a leader in attempting to restore a proper balance between the judiciary, the legislature and the people...

Michigan Supreme Court Ruling on “Beachwalking” Erodes Property Rights
By Patrick J. Wright
The case involved a dispute between neighbors about the right to walk along a private beachfront.

Property Damage
By Patrick J. Wright
The case involved an eminent domain dispute in Connecticut.

 
  Legal Work
Too often, key court decisions involving the rights of all of Michigan’s citizens are based on narrow legal briefs that focus only on the interests of the litigants. The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation's  amicus curiae — or “friend of the court” — briefs present courts with the broader constitutional, statutory and policy considerations at stake in these cases. In addition, the Foundation's policy analyses are meant to better inform policymakers, the media and the public.
 
 

Mackinac Center Amicus Curiae Brief in In re Complaint of Rovas Against SBC Michigan
The Mackinac Center’s brief urges the Michigan Supreme Court to hold that the judiciary need not defer to administrative agencies’ interpretations of ambiguous statutes.

April 11, 2007, Mackinac Center amicus brief. By: Patrick J. Wright, Mackinac Center senior legal analyst

 

March 15, 2007, Mackinac Center amicus brief. By: Patrick J. Wright, Mackinac Center senior legal analyst

 

March 1, 2007, Mackinac Center amicus brief. By: Patrick J. Wright, Mackinac Center senior legal analyst

 

Oct. 5, 2006, Mackinac Center Policy Brief. By: Patrick J. Wright, Mackinac Center senior legal analyst

 

June 28, 2006, Mackinac Center pamphlet. By: Russ Harding, director of the Mackinac Center's Property Rights Network, and Patrick J. Wright, Mackinac Center senior legal analyst

 

Mackinac Center Amicus Curiae Brief in Attorney General v. Michigan Public Service Commission
June 19, 2006, Mackinac Center amicus brief. By: Patrick J. Wright, Mackinac Center senior legal analyst

 

Mackinac Center Amicus Curiae Brief in DPG York v. Michigan
an. 13, 2006, Mackinac Center amicus brief. By: Patrick J. Wright, Mackinac Center senior legal analyst

 

Mackinac Center Amicus Curiae Brief in Rapanos v. United States and Carabell v. United States Army Corps of Engineers
Dec. 2, 2005, Mackinac Center amicus brief. By: Patrick J. Wright, Mackinac Center senior legal analyst