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Clement picked by Michigan Supreme Court as chief justice

LANSING (AP) —  Elizabeth Clement is the new chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.

Clement was the unanimous choice of her colleagues on the court. She takes over from Bridget McCormack, who is leaving the court as soon as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, picks a successor.

Supreme Court Justices are selected by governors when there’s a vacancy or elected by voters. The additional job of chief justice is determined by members of the court.

Clement was appointed to the court in 2017 by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and elected to an eight-year term in 2018.

The chief justice is the leader of Michigan’s statewide judiciary and has much influence over how courts operate.

“There’s a lot of work outside the opinion work and, frankly, just as important for the judicial branch.” Clement said Monday. “The Supreme Court makes rules that impact all of our trial courts, lawyers and those who interact with the justice system.”

She said she expects to remain as chief justice in 2023-24.

Clement was a key member of a state commission that studies how juveniles are treated in the justice system. Recommendations released in July included alternatives to keeping kids in custody and creation of a statewide public defense system. Lawmakers would need to have a role in many changes.

NBI webinar features judges discussing civil litigation

The National Business Institute will present the live video webinar “The Judges’ View: Michigan Civil Litigation Dos and Don’ts” on Friday, December 2, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  

Speaking during the webinar will be Judge Margaret Bakker, 48th Judicial Circuit Court in Allegan County; Chief Judge Roberts Kengis, 48th Judicial Circuit Court in Allegan County; Chief Judge Jon A. Van Allsburg, 20th Judicial Circuit Court in Ottawa County; and moderator Benjamin W. Mills, attorney with the law firm of Gruel Mills in Grand Rapids.

Cost for the webinar is $299 which includes the course book. To register, call 1-800-930-6182 or visit

Hanukkah Party planned by JBAM

The Jewish Bar Association of Michigan will present the JBAM Hanukkah Party on Monday, December 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Platform 18 in Royal Oak.

JBAM members and guests will enjoy drinks, Kosher food and networking at the event.

The party is free for JBAM members and $18 for non-members. To register, visit



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