Local attorney will become Schuette's chief legal counsel

Matthew Schneider of Saline will serve as chief legal counsel to Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette beginning June 1.

''Matthew Schneider brings a wealth of legal experience and a reputation for excellence that will only benefit the people of Michigan,'' said Schuette in a statement last week. ''Schneider's background in leading reforms from the state's highest court gives him an intimate knowledge of the Michigan legal system. In addition, Matthew has served at both the state and federal levels of our judicial system.

Schneider currently serves as the Michigan Supreme Court's chief of staff and general counsel. Schneider has served the state's highest court since 2011, where he has been recognized for his efforts to reform Michigan's judicial branch to improve efficiency and the courts' service to the public.

Schneider helped launch the Next Generation case information project to create a unified case management system for the courts. The program was piloted successfully in Berrien County and plans are underway to for implementation statewide. For his achievements, Schneider was named a ''Leader in the Law'' by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in March 2013.

Chief Justice Robert Young said Schneider has been an invaluable part of the Supreme Court's team.

"Thanks in no small part to Matthew, we are succeeding in implementing reforms to make Michigan's judiciary more efficient and service-oriented," Young said.

Prior to joining the Michigan Supreme Court in 2011, Schneider served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan, located in Detroit. Schneider handled cases for the Public Corruption and controlled substances units, which investigates and prosecutes corrupt public officials, organized crime, and drug traffickers. While at the U.S. Attorney's Office, Schneider also conducted specialized training for attorneys and law enforcement officials.

Schneider also served as an advisor and assistant general counsel in the White House Budget Office from 2002 to 2003, where he provided legal and policy advice to cabinet members and senior presidential staff.

Schneider received his undergraduate degree in International Relations from Michigan State University, where he was a member of the James Madison College. Schneider is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, and currently serves as an adjunct professor at the Michigan State University College of Law, where he teaches advanced criminal procedure.

Schneider will succeed Richard Bandstra, who will retire from state service on May 31, 2013.

Published: Mon, Apr 29, 2013