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Assistant AG named Michigan Supreme Court General Counsel

The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday announced the selection of Thomas P. Clement as General Counsel. Clement, of East Lansing, is currently a division chief and assistant attorney general in the Michigan Attorney General’s office. Clement was the unanimous choice of the Court.

“With extensive experience on civil, regulatory, legislative, and administrative matters, Clement brings the ideal skill set to the position,” said Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. “Clement is also an excellent communicator, who will ably represent the Court with the other branches of government.”

“My goal is to serve the Court and help them build on an already impressive record of accomplishment,” said Clement. “By continuing to strengthen our relationship with the executive and legislative branches, we can do even more to help Michigan’s judiciary improve service to the public.”

Clement has been an attorney for more than 14 years and most recently supervised a team of 12 attorneys in the Michigan Attorney General’s Licensing and Regulation Division. In this position, Clement served as the Attorney General’s lead attorney regarding regulation of professional health care and occupational licenses. In particular, Clement played a key role in working with the Legislature and the Governor’s Office to implement recent recommendations to address the epidemic of prescription drug and opioid abuse.

Previously, Clement was an attorney in private practice and began his legal career as an assistant prosecuting attorney in the Eaton County Prosecutors Office. Clement received a Bachelor of Arts from Western Michigan University and a Juris Doctorate from the Michigan State University College of Law.

As General Counsel, Clement will provide legal advice to the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, and the State Court Administrative Office. He will also serve as liaison to the executive and legislative branches, representing the court on both policy and legislative issues.


ABA resource for lawyers targets options less restrictive than guardianship

A new resource guide from the American Bar Association aims to help lawyers identify and implement decision-making options for persons with disabilities that are less restrictive than guardianship.

The PRACTICAL Tool  is a joint product of four American Bar Association entities—the Commission on Law and Aging, Commission on Disability Rights, Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice and Section on Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, with assistance from the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making.

“PRACTICAL” is an acronym for nine steps lawyers can use in case analysis to identify legal and practical approaches to heighten self-determination before moving ahead with guardianship.
PDF and Word versions of The PRACTICAL Tool are available for no-cost download at http://www.ambar.org/practicaltool, where information on a free June 28 webinar based on the Tool can also soon be found.