Significant Decisions and Legal Drafting

Richard McLellan has argued or submitted amicus briefs in several important cases involving the First Amendment, school choice and governmental reorganization powers:

  • TOMAC v. State of Michigan (TOMAC I), 471 Mich. 306, 685 N.W.2d 221 (2004), cert. denied, ____ U.S. ____ (February 22, 2005), upholding legislative authority to enter into gaming compacts with Indian tribes
  • Taxpayers of Michigan Against Casinos v. State of Michigan (TOMAC II), 478 Mich. 99; 732 N.W.2d 487 (2007), upholding validity of amendment provision of Michigan tribal-state gaming compacts
  • Council of Orgs. and Others for Educ. About Parochiaid, Inc. v. Governor, 455 Mich. 557, 566 N.W.2d 208 (1997), upholding Michigan’s charter school law
  • Austin v. Michigan Chamber, 494 US 652, 110 S. Ct. 1391 (1990), First Amendment challenge to prohibition on corporate political speech
  • Citizens United amicus brief
  • Speaker v Governor amicus brief

During his career, McLellan worked with lawyers in his firm to draft many significant laws and ballot proposals in Michigan, including:

  • Stem cell constitutional amendment
  • Medical Marijuana initiated law
  • Charter school law
  • Education voucher ballot proposal
  • The proposed Michigan Public Finance Act