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Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack Announces Retirement

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Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack announced Monday that she will retire by the end of the year.

Chief Justice McCormack joined the Michigan Supreme Court in Jan. 2013 and became Chief Justice in Jan. 2019. Prior to being elected to the Supreme Court in Nov. 2012, Chief Justice McCormack was a law professor and dean at the University of Michigan Law School.

In a letter to her colleagues and Court staff, Chief Justice McCormack wrote:

“A decade can be a common measuring point for personal and professional change. Over the last 10 years, my kids grew up and went off to college and graduate school, we bought a pickup truck and an RV, and I have had the honor of serving as Chief Justice for the past four years. Making good on a campaign promise I made in 2012, I have given my every effort to do justice and to make the Michigan judiciary as fair and accessible as possible. After a decade, the time has come for me to move on, to let others lead, and to build on a foundation of progress.”

Chief Justice McCormack will retire from the bench no later than December 31, 2022, but not before Nov. 22. She was the 108th Justice and ninth woman to join the Michigan Supreme Court.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the following statement on Chief Justice McCormack’s retirement:

“Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack is a phenomenal public servant.

“In her tenure on the Michigan Supreme Court, she upheld the rule of law, stood strong for our constitutional values, and protected the fundamental rights of every Michigander. She worked tirelessly, both on and off the bench, to move our state courts forward and ensure that all Michiganders, no matter their background, means, or circumstance, had equal access to our justice system.

“The deep dedication and sound leadership she brought to our judiciary were matched only by her keen intellect, genuine warmth, and disarming wit. Whatever she touched, she made better, and we are grateful for all she has done to serve Michiganders and our state.

“We will ensure a smooth transition for Chief Justice McCormack. In the coming months, I will appoint a new justice with Michigan values and an unwavering commitment to the Michigan constitution who can be an arbiter of justice and live up to the great responsibility that comes with the role. I look forward to the work ahead.”