Larry Royster, chief clerk and research director for the Court of Appeals, will assume the duties of Clerk of the Michigan Supreme Court on May 28, and will also serve as the Supreme Court’s Chief of Staff.
Announcing Royster's appointment, Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. praised the man who has held the position for the last 30 years, Corbin R. Davis. "Corbin is well known throughout the legal community for his dedication, integrity, work ethics, and good judgment. It says a great deal about Larry that the Court found him to be a worthy successor to Corbin." The Chief Justice called Royster a "clear choice," based on his experience, legal expertise, and proven leadership skills.Royster is a graduate of Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He joined the Court of Appeals Prehearing Division in 1985, then served as a law clerk to Court of Appeals Judge Richard Maher. From 1989 to 1998, Royster served as supervisor of the Court of Appeals’ new Senior Research Division. In 1999, he was named Court of Appeals Deputy Research Director, becoming Research Director two years later. He has been Court of Appeals chief clerk and research director since January 2011.