Governor Rick Snyder has appointed Joan Larsen to the Michigan Supreme Court, to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Justice Mary Beth Kelly.
Larsen has served as a professor and special counsel to the dean for student and graduate activities at the University of Michigan Law School. Prior to that, she served as deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel, where she provided advice to the White House, the attorney general, and government agencies regarding constitutional and statutory law.
She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law, where she served as articles editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. After graduation, she clerked for the Hon. David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court.
“I have practiced law, taught the law, and enforced the law,” Larsen said in a statement. “Public service has always been my calling. I look forward to serving the people of Michigan by faithfully interpreting the constitution and laws of our great state.”
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Governor Rick Snyder seeks candidates to fill three court seats in Michigan: an opening on the Berrien County Trial Court vacated by Hon. Thomas E. Nelson, an opening on the 96th District Court in Marquette County vacated by Hon. Dennis E. Girard and an opening in the 34th Circuit Court in Ogemaw and Roscommon counties vacated by Hon. Michael J. Baumgartner.
If you are a State Bar of Michigan member who resides in any of these judicial districts and meets the qualifications for any of the positions, access the application on the governor's website and submit it to the governor's office no later than Sept. 23, 2015.
Contact Cheri Arwood, executive administrator of the Legal Division of the governor's office, with any further questions at 517-241-5630.
Governor Rick Snyder has appointed Dan Hass to the Menominee County Probate Court.
Hass has served as Menominee County Prosecuting Attorney since he was first elected to that office in 1988. He has previously served as an assistant prosecutor in Menominee County and as city attorney for Menominee.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Ferris State College and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Hass fills the vacancy created by Judge William Hupy. He must seek election in November 2016 to serve the remainder of Judge Hupy's term, and then in November 2018 for a full six-year term.
Want your voice heard by the Michigan Supreme Court on one or more proposed changes to court rules? Here's your chance. The court will hold a public administrative hearing from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Sept. 16 at the Hall of Justice in Lansing to examine one proposed new court rule, and proposed amendments to 13 existing court rules.
If you want your voice heard, you must reserve space on the agenda in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Sept. 14.
The Michigan Supreme Court announced today that Justice Mary Beth Kelly will leave the court, effective Oct.1, to return to private practice.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to have served on our state's highest court," she said in a statement. "I leave the Supreme Court knowing that our judicial system is better equipped to help families and children."
Prior to serving on Michigan's high court, Justice Kelly served as a Wayne County Circuit Court judge from 1999 to 2010. She is the only woman to have ever served as chief judge of the Wayne County Circuit Court.
The State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners voted during their July 24 meeting to approve the launch of a new Marijuana Law Section.
The SBM Marijuana Law Section will serve to improve and expand the knowledge of lawyers who engage in the practice of marijuana law. The new section will study the principles, regulations, statutes and legal developments that affect Michigan marijuana law and will encourage and promote reforms in the law and provide educational and networking opportunities for its members, ensuring that they can stay up-to-date in the midst of rapidly evolving changes.
Bernard A. Jocuns will serve as acting chairperson of the new section until it holds an organizational meeting in 2016 to elect membership and begin organizing committees to facilitate its work.
The Michigan Supreme Court appointed three new chief judges earlier this week.
Chief Judge Gary J. Bruce replaces retired Chief Judge Thomas E. Nelson in the Berrien Unified Trial Court. Judge Bruce was first elected to the court in 1998 and has overseen the criminal division. Prior to his work as a judge he worked in private practice and served as a Berrien County assistant prosecuting attorney. He earned his law degree at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Chief Judge Jeffrey G. Barstow replaces retired Chief Judge William A. Hupy in the Menominee Probate Court. He also serves as chief judge of the 95A District Court in Menominee and was first elected in 1984. He earned his law degree at South Texas College of Law.
Chief Judge Freddie G. Burton Jr. replaces Chief Judge Milton Mack Jr. in the Wayne County Probate Court. Judge Burton was first elected in 1987. Prior to serving as a judge, he practiced law, served as a Wayne County Commissioner and a public administrator. He earned his law degree from Wayne State University Law School. Judge Mack became State Court Administrator in July.
The Michigan Supreme Court appointed two judges to business courts on Tuesday.
Judge Lita M. Popke will serve on the 3rd Circuit Business Court in Wayne County. Judge Popke has served on the Third Circuit bench since 2000, and served in the court's civil division since 2012. Prior to that she practiced business law. She is a former president of the Michigan Judges Association and has served as a faculty member of the Michigan Judicial Institute New Judges Seminar. She earned her law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Judge Popke replaces retiring Judge Daniel P. Ryan.
Judge Richard L. Caretti will serve on the 16th Circuit Business Court in Macomb County. He has served on the 16th Circuit bench since 2002 and currently serves as the presiding judge for the court's civil division. He previously practiced business law for 23 years. He has also served as a Settlement Conference judge for the Michigan Court of Appeals and he earned his law degree from the Detroit College of Law. He also served as a police officer in the Detroit Police Department. Judge Caretti will serve in a newly-added position.