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Michigan Supreme Court Elects New Chief Justice

Jan 11, 2019

This week, Justice Bridget McCormack was elected by her colleagues to serve a two-year term as Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. She is the sixth woman in Michigan history to serve as Chief Justice. This also marks the first time in state history that the Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Chief […]

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Governor Makes Supreme Court Appointment

Nov 17, 2017

Governor Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Elizabeth Clement to the Michigan Supreme Court. She currently serves as chief legal counsel to the governor, prior to that she was deputy chief of staff and deputy legal counsel in the executive office. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and her law degree […]

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Vacancy Created on the Michigan Supreme Court

Nov 03, 2017

This week, the United States Senate confirmed the appointment of former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen to the federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.  She was nominated to the position by President Donald Trump in May 2017. Governor Rick Snyder appointed Judge Larsen to the highest state court in September 2015 and she was […]

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Legality of Teacher Retirement Requirement Before Supreme Court

Nov 03, 2017

In 2010 the legislature passed reforms to teacher retirement pensions and healthcare. Since it was signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder, unions have been fighting against the law, contending that it is unconstitutional.  Specifically, the law stated that a teacher must contribute 3% of their pay towards healthcare benefits in retirement.  The legal question […]

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Supreme Court Justice Appointed

May 12, 2017

This week, Governor Rick Snyder named Judge Kurtis T. Wilder to the Michigan Supreme Court.  Prior to this appointment, Judge Wilder served on the Michigan Court of Appeals and served as Chief Judge of the Washtenaw County Circuit Court.  Before taking the bench, Judge Wilder was in private practice.  He earned both his law and […]

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Michigan Supreme Court Selects Chief Justice

Jan 13, 2017

On Friday, January 6, the Michigan Supreme Court unanimously selected Justice Stephen Markman to serve as its new Chief Justice.  Justice Markman was appointed to the Court in 1999 and reelected in 2000, 2004, and 2012.  He succeeds Justice Robert P. Young, Jr., who served as Chief Justice since 2011.  “Justice Young did an incredible […]

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The People of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session

Dec 29, 2016

In the previous blog post we highlighted the policy events of the past two years.  In addition to the active session in terms of legislation, there were quite a few shake ups to the membership of the legislature.  Throughout the past two years, the legislature has lost seven members between the two chambers.  Former Senator […]

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Supreme Court Won’t Review Private School Funding

Oct 07, 2016

This week, the Michigan Supreme Court denied a request by Governor Rick Snyder to issue an opinion on state funding for private schools.  In the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year budget, there was an appropriation of $2.5 million to cover the costs for private schools to comply with state mandates placed on all K-12 schools.  After signing […]

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