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MLaw Adjunct Professor Joan Larsen Nominated to Sixth Circuit

May 8, 2017

Adjunct Professor Joan Larsen has been nominated to serve as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the Trump administration announced today. Larsen currently is a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court.

Joan LarsenJustice Larsen—who has served Michigan Law in numerous capacities since 1998, including as special counsel to the dean for student and graduate activities and clerkship adviser—was appointed to the state's high court by Governor Rick Snyder in September 2015 for a term ending January 1, 2017. She was re-elected to a full term by voters in November 2016.

"The sound judgment and integrity that have served Joan Larsen well as a member of our faculty and as a Michigan Supreme Court justice will carry forward to the Sixth Circuit," said Michigan Law School Dean Mark D. West, Nippon Life Professor of Law. "We are proud of this latest step in her impressive career and know that she will serve with distinction."

Justice Larsen earned her JD, magna cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law. 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.

Following her clerkships, she joined Sidley & Austin's Washington, D.C., office, where she was a member of the constitutional, criminal, and civil litigation section. Before coming to Michigan in 1998, she was a visiting assistant professor at Northwestern. From January 2002 to May 2003, 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. Her research and teaching interests include constitutional law, criminal procedure, and presidential power.

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