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Beard elected president of board for Child Development Services of Ottawa County Lakeshore Head Start

Attorney Joshua D. Beard has been elected President of the Board of Directors for Child Development Services (CDS) of Ottawa County, Inc., Lakeshore Head Start. CDS promotes school readiness by enhancing social and cognitive development of children through provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.
Beard concentrates his practice in energy and oil and gas law and aviation law, as well as general civil litigation in both state and federal courts and property tax litigation in the Michigan Tax Tribunal.



Justice Mary Beth Kelly to leave Supreme Court

The Michigan Supreme Court announces that Justice Mary Beth Kelly will leave the Supreme Court to return to private practice, effective Oct. 1.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to have served on our state’s highest court,” she said. “I leave the Supreme Court knowing that our judicial system is better equipped to help families and children.”

“Justice Kelly has written important opinions and made her presence felt on this bench,” said Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. “In particular, my colleagues and I have appreciated the experience and insights she brought from leading the state’s largest circuit court. Justice Kelly is a good friend, and I will miss her presence on the Court. I wish her well in the next phase of her career.”

Justice Kelly served as a Wayne County Circuit Court Judge from 1999 until her election to the Supreme Court in 2010, and she remains the only woman to have served as Chief Judge of the Wayne County Court.

 Gov. Rick Snyder thanked Justice Kelly for her service, saying, “Justice Kelly has shown tremendous leadership and dedication... Her advocacy on juvenile justice issues has had a major impact on the state, and she has been instrumental in shaping innovative specialty courts meant to rehabilitate drug offenders and defendants who are veterans.

“Her legacy will certainly reflect the time she spent working to change outcomes for some of the state’s most vulnerable residents. I thank her for her unwavering commitment to Michigan’s judicial system and wish her future success.”

Justice Kelly worked as a lawyer and commercial litigation partner at Dickinson Wright in Detroit (1987-1999). She graduated from Notre Dame Law School, where she was  Managing Editor, Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, and with honors from University of Michigan-Dearborn (1984).