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Prof. Joan Larsen Named Michigan Supreme Court Justice

By Michelle Rodgers
September 30, 2015

Joan LarsenMichigan Law School Professor Joan Larsen has been appointed a justice of the Michigan Supreme Court by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder for a term ending January 1, 2017. Larsen will be the 111th justice of the Michigan Supreme Court and the second Michigan Law faculty member to join the court since 2013.

"Joan Larsen is a distinguished lawyer and legal scholar, who has earned a reputation with her colleagues for being approachable, thoughtful, and responsive," said Michigan Law School Dean Mark D. West, Nippon Life Professor of Law. "Joan has impeccable judgment and she will serve the people of Michigan with integrity."

Larsen has been a professor at Michigan Law since 1998 and has served in numerous capacities, including as special counsel to the dean for student and graduate activities. She is a former clerk 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. From January 2002 to May 2003, she also 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.

To read the Michigan Supreme Court's press release about Larsen's appointment, please click here.

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