Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack

Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack Chief Justice of the Michigan State Supreme Court.

Justice Bridget Mary McCormack joined the Michigan Supreme Court in January 2013. Before her election to the Court in November 2012, she was a law professor and dean at the University of Michigan Law School. Since joining the Court, Justice McCormack continues to teach at the Law School. Justice McCormack is a graduate of the New York University Law School, where she was a Root-Tilden scholar and won the Anne Petluck Poses Prize in Clinical Advocacy. She spent the first five years of her legal career in New York, first with the Legal Aid Society and then at the Office of the Appellate Defender, representing over 1,000 clients in New York's trial and appellate courts. In 1996, she became a faculty fellow at the Yale Law School. In 1998, she joined the University of Michigan Law School faculty. At Michigan Law, she taught criminal law, legal ethics, and various clinical courses. Her scholarship focused on the professional benefits of clinical legal education. She also created new clinics at the law school, including a Domestic Violence Clinic and a Pediatric Health Advocacy Clinic. In 2002, she was named Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. Responsible for the continuing development of the law school’s practical education, she continued to expand the clinical offerings at Michigan Law School, launching a Mediation Clinic, a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, an International Transactions Clinic, a Human Trafficking Clinic, a Juvenile Justice Clinic, and an Entrepreneurship Clinic. In her capacity as professor and associate dean, she conducted and supervised many types of civil and criminal litigation at all levels of the state and federal courts. The University of Michigan Law School’s clinical programs are now recognized nationally as one of the best places to be trained as a lawyer. In 2008, then-Associate Dean McCormack cofounded the Michigan Innocence Clinic, in which students represent wrongfully convicted Michiganders. The clinic has exonerated over 15 people so far, and has shined a light on the important justice issues underlying wrongful conviction. In 2010, McCormack won the “Justice for All” Award for the Clinic’s work, and in 2011 the Washtenaw County Bar Association gave her the “Patriot Award.” In 2012, she won the Cooley Law School’s “Distinguished Brief Award” for the best brief filed in the Michigan Supreme Court during the term. Also in 2012, the Justice Caucus presented her with the Millie Jeffrey Award and the Washtenaw County Women Lawyers recognized her with the Mary Foster Award. Justice McCormack was honored with the Hon. Kaye Tertzag Purple Sport Coat Award in 2013. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee recognized her with its Guardian of Justice Award in 2014. She accepted the Impact Award from the Washtenaw County Dispute Resolution Center in 2017. In 2018, the Michigan Association for Justice honored Justice McCormack with its Judicial Excellence Award. Justice McCormack previously chaired the Supreme Court's Limited English Proficiency Implementation Advisory Committee, and participates with a number of professional organizations including the American Bar Association Access to Justice committee, the American Bar Association Litigation Journal's Board of Editors (and serving as an Associate Editor for Litigation Magazine), the American Bar Association Working Group on Pro Bono and Public Service, the National Conference of Bar Examiners Torts Drafting Committee, the advisory board of the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts, the judicial elections committee of the National Association of Women Judges, the advisory board of the Michigan Civil Rights Academy, and serves as a board member of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. In 2013, Justice McCormack was elected to The American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. In 2014, Justice McCormack was appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology to a newly-created National Commission on Forensic Science. The Commission's charge was to work to improve the practice of forensic science by developing guidance concerning the intersections between forensic science and the criminal justice system and work to develop policy recommendations for the U.S. Attorney General, including uniform codes for professional responsibility and requirements for formal training and certification. Justice McCormack is married to Steven Croley, currently a partner at Latham and Watkins, and who continues to teach at the University of Michigan Law School. They have four children attending college and enjoy frequent family trips to west Michigan.

Michigan Supreme Court Justice

Today, we remember and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. I am so grateful to t...
05/25/2020

Today, we remember and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. I am so grateful to those who have served and I keep their families in my thoughts.

I have the great honor of swearing in more than 120 new bar passers during a remote ceremony with the State Bar of Michi...
05/15/2020

I have the great honor of swearing in more than 120 new bar passers during a remote ceremony with the State Bar of Michigan today at 2:00 p.m. Details: buff.ly/3bo2wZN

Happy Mother’s Day, Norah Magdalene Ross McCormack. Your ability to see so much beauty in the world has been such a gift...
05/10/2020

Happy Mother’s Day, Norah Magdalene Ross McCormack. Your ability to see so much beauty in the world has been such a gift. ❤️❤️

I am calling on Michigan residents to turn a porch light on at 9 p.m. tonight in order to "light up for life." The obser...
05/01/2020
Michigan's chief justice calls on residents to light porches in honor of coronavirus victims

I am calling on Michigan residents to turn a porch light on at 9 p.m. tonight in order to "light up for life." The observance will honor those who have lost their lives to the virus as well as those trying to recover and the essential workers across the state.

One day after people gathered at the Capitol to protest the stay-at-home order, Michigan's chief justice is asking for a different kind of response.

Keeping the virtual doors of justice open to everyone in Michigan has never been more important. Opening up online dispu...
04/23/2020
Court online dispute resolution now available in Oakland County

Keeping the virtual doors of justice open to everyone in Michigan has never been more important. Opening up online dispute resolution to Oakland County residents represents a huge step toward achieving that goal.

The free service is now available in 18 counties.

It's the disruption we needed to make courts more accessible.
04/23/2020
No Going Back

It's the disruption we needed to make courts more accessible.

The global pandemic will shift how courts administer justice .

I’m looking forward to presenting on this important topic: access to justice and COVID-19.  For more information: go.usa...
04/20/2020

I’m looking forward to presenting on this important topic: access to justice and COVID-19.
For more information: go.usa.gov/xv8FS

Technology really is incredible. Pictured here are more than 200 MSC and SCAO employees participating in a virtual all-s...
04/18/2020

Technology really is incredible. Pictured here are more than 200 MSC and SCAO employees participating in a virtual all-staff meeting via Zoom with new State Court Administrator Tom Boyd. We addressed best practices for continuing to keep the virtual doors of justice open to all in courts across Michigan.

04/13/2020
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The Michigan Supreme Court will be holding Zoom oral arguments, and we will livestream them. I am sure it will be clunky. But that just means we will learn from it. #keeplawopen #makelawbetter

I’m looking forward to presenting to judges around the country today about conducting remote hearings. Michigan judges a...
04/07/2020

I’m looking forward to presenting to judges around the country today about conducting remote hearings. Michigan judges are learning so much each day and finding ways to ensure access to justice during this crisis.

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has made jails more dangerous for inmates, staff, and the sheriff’s deputies who guard them...
04/02/2020
Court says jails should adopt inmate reduction plans now

The rapid spread of COVID-19 has made jails more dangerous for inmates, staff, and the sheriff’s deputies who guard them. They have to go to work every day and we’re putting them at risk by these dense populations where so many people cycle in and out of them.

The Michigan Supreme Court says county jails should accelerate efforts to reduce the number of incarcerated people. And Chief Justice Bridget McCormack

I’m super proud of my court’s Services Team in our Information Technology group. Here they are at this morning’s stand u...
03/30/2020

I’m super proud of my court’s Services Team in our Information Technology group. Here they are at this morning’s stand up, working to innovate during this crisis.

03/27/2020
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The deadlines for all filings in the Michigan Supreme Court and Court of Appeals are suspended as of March 24, 2020 and will be tolled until the expiration of EO 2020-21 or a subsequent EO that extends the period in which citizens are required to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life.

03/26/2020
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Judges and Sheriffs around Michigan are taking bold action to reduce jail populations where public safety is not threatened. Sheriff Saxton and I have issued a joint statement asking them to do even more, wherever they can, to save lives.

I commend Governor Gretchen Whitmer for taking bold action, and our Court stands ready to take any additional administra...
03/20/2020

I commend Governor Gretchen Whitmer for taking bold action, and our Court stands ready to take any additional administrative measures that may be needed to implement the order.

The Board of Law Examiners is obligated to protect the public, and this reform strengthens those protections without dis...
03/20/2020
Michigan dropping mental health questions for new lawyers entering State Bar

The Board of Law Examiners is obligated to protect the public, and this reform strengthens those protections without discriminating on the basis of an applicant’s disability. By focusing the board’s inquiry on an applicant’s conduct, we hope aspiring attorneys will recognize that mental health treatment is not professionally disqualifying and that they should be encouraged to seek mental health treatment if they need it.

Starting with the February 2021 bar exam, applicants to be asked if any conduct or behavior in past five years could affect ability to practice law

03/19/2020
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Last night, the Michigan Supreme Court spoke with one voice with Administrative Order 2020-2, ordered all trial courts “to limit access to courtrooms and other spaces to no more than 10 persons, including staff, and to practice social distancing and limit court activity to only essential functions.”

https://courts.michigan.gov/Courts/MichiganSupremeCourt/rules/court-rules-admin-matters/Administrative%20Orders/2020-08_2020-03-18_FormattedOrder_AO2020-2.pdf

For additional information, visit our Judicial Response to COVID-19 web page.

We are keenly focused on our three fundamental obligations: to protect the health of litigants, judicial branch employee...
03/12/2020
State, federal courts outline COVID-19 rules for hearing delays, restricted access

We are keenly focused on our three fundamental obligations: to protect the health of litigants, judicial branch employees, and the public using court facilities; to maintain critical judicial branch functions; and to provide appropriate judicial input to the process of protecting the public.

Court administrators issued guidance to courthouses regarding the potential for closure, postponement of some hearings and screening of individuals

It is not a crime to be unable to pay a fine or a fee. The Michigan State Police, Attorney General, Secretary of State a...
03/11/2020
Michigan to give break on driver’s license suspension fee

It is not a crime to be unable to pay a fine or a fee. The Michigan State Police, Attorney General, Secretary of State and I are making an important change to our citations and court forms for people who can't afford to pay fines and fees. They will include the following language: “If you are not able to pay any fine or costs due to financial hardship, contact the court immediately to request a payment alternative.”

Despite a favorable court decision that would allow the Secretary of State to continue to suspend driver’s licenses for failure to pay court fees, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson joined with Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack to help ...

Women lawyers (and judges and justices) on International Women’s Day. My heart is full.
03/08/2020

Women lawyers (and judges and justices) on International Women’s Day. My heart is full.

Good morning. I see folks have been standing in line since 2 AM to see SCOTUS arguments today. The @MISupremeCourt will ...
03/04/2020
Supreme Court Live Online

Good morning. I see folks have been standing in line since 2 AM to see SCOTUS arguments today. The @MISupremeCourt will be also on the bench today (and tomorrow). No need to line up in the cold to see your court work. Here is the link to the livestream:

https://courts.michigan.gov/Courts/MichiganSupremeCourt/oral-arguments/live-streaming/Pages/live-streaming.aspx

It's your court.

As part of its commitment to making courts accessible to the public, the Michigan Supreme Court broadcasts its oral arguments and other hearings live on the Internet via streaming video technology.

What a great conversation about the ways courts serve communities with the Small Business Association’s leadership counc...
03/02/2020

What a great conversation about the ways courts serve communities with the Small Business Association’s leadership council. Thank you to these community leaders for their work and engagement.

We had a packed house for our second public forum on our Justice for All Taskforce. Thank you to everyone who showed up ...
02/28/2020

We had a packed house for our second public forum on our Justice for All Taskforce. Thank you to everyone who showed up to share their experiences and ideas for how we can close the civil justice gap.

Saline High School has a new mock trial team and they are working very hard! Also, look out for my friend Sarah McNally....
02/12/2020

Saline High School has a new mock trial team and they are working very hard! Also, look out for my friend Sarah McNally. She’s a superstar.

My colleagues and friends Vivek Sankaran and Bridgette Carr are working on putting together a class at the University of...
02/11/2020

My colleagues and friends Vivek Sankaran and Bridgette Carr are working on putting together a class at the University of Michigan Law School around the idea of designing a joyful career. I was happy to be an interview subject in their planning process!

Judge Laura Baird has been a quiet hero for children and families in Ingham County. She’s earned her retirement but we w...
01/22/2020

Judge Laura Baird has been a quiet hero for children and families in Ingham County. She’s earned her retirement but we will miss her very much.

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Why take the stimulus checks from the fathers but not count them to there back child support and if the mother is getting on time weekly payments why not let the fathers keep the help that they where promised from the government unless the yall dont care about the fathers around the world its only money yall see us as bridget is just another bitter single mom making it hard for others (dads)
Please enforce this... Time to be prudent not sticking your head in the sand. Thanx JGRose THE MICHIGAN PENAL CODE (EXCERPT) Act 328 of 1931 750.234e Brandishing firearm in public; applicability; violation as misdemeanor; penalty. Sec. 234e. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2), a person shall not willfully and knowingly brandish a firearm in public. (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to either of the following: (a) A peace officer lawfully performing his or her duties as a peace officer. (b) A person lawfully acting in self-defense or defense of another under the self-defense act, 2006 PA 309, MCL 780.971 to 780.974. (3) A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or a fine of not more than $100.00, or both.
Please enforce Michigan's "Brandishing a firearm in public law 750.234e" Thank You
Dear Chief Justice McCormack: Tonight the Ontonagon County Democrats voted to endorse your candidacy as Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice. Sincerely, Susan Churchill-Chastan Chair
Chief Justice McCormack, what would it take for the Michigan Supreme Court to intervene and take control of our Governor Whitmer? Some of her recent draconian orders are not only senseless, but over reach and may cause more harm than good. The internet is being swamped by angry citizens who suspect her motives are either political or irrational. As a citizen and former law enforcement officer, who desires peace and common sense, I am concerned.
I have requested information regarding a declatory judgement of constitutionality can you get back to me at your convenience please and thank you
I sent a request for information regarding a declatory judgement of constitutionality ... I feel as though it is being censored and not being made public .... ?? Is this correct feel free to message me back thank you
How do I get a declatory judgement of constitutionality of an act for something ???
The 8th AmendmentProtection against cruel and unusual punishment. No excessive bail imposed needs to change! Why should a sex offender or even a murderer be allowed to live a life in prison while the victims suffer?? Sex offenses are getting worse!!
I really hope Justice for all happens!! I spoke at your event in Detroit, and really hope everyone was listening. As I said, I have 3 cases in 7 years that never have seen justice!! And I honestly don't know if there will ever be any. As a victim of these crimes, there isn't any closer in any of them. I'd really like to show you the amount of injustice that has been done.
Thank you for listening to all of us today!! Still dumb founded on how to get a civil case going.