Recent History of the Michigan Supreme Court

White Paper on the Michigan Supreme Court

October 19, 2010

C. Thomas Ludden

 In 2008, Chief Justice Cliff Taylor lost his bid for re-election to the Michigan Supreme Court to Justice Diane Marie Hathaway. The result of that election was of particular importance to the legal community and court watchers in Michigan because, as one Michigan newspaper put it, “Many of the most controversial recent decisions by the seven-member [Michigan Supreme] Court have been issued by a Taylor-led, four-vote conservative majority.” Court watchers and opinion leaders have observed the Michigan Supreme Court’s trends since the 2008 election to determine whether the shift in judicial philosophy that many expected had indeed come to pass. To help shed further light on that question, this paper intends to analyze several areas of law that the Michigan Supreme Court has considered since Justice Hathaway took her seat, with special emphasis on areas of the law that have the potential of directly impacting Michigan’s economy.

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