Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Elizabeth Clement, a legal expert with who served as the administration’s chief legal counsel, to the Michigan Supreme Court. Travis W. Weber will replace Clement as Gov. Snyder’s chief legal counsel, and Frederick Headen will join the office as senior legal counsel.
Clement, a resident of East Lansing, fills the vacancy following the resignation of Justice Joan Larsen, who was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati by President Donald Trump, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate earlier this month.
“Beth is an exceptional attorney and leader who brings experience from various branches of government and areas of private practice to the state’s highest court,” says Gov. Snyder. “She is highly regarded by judges and her peers and brings incredible skill to this role. I know Beth to be fair, a great thinker, and someone who will faithfully adhere to the proper role of the judiciary. Her talent will be a great asset as the Supreme Court continues its work to improve efficiencies in courts statewide.”
Clement currently serves as chief legal counsel to the governor, where she provides legal counsel to Gov. Snyder and his executive office on a broad range of subjects. Prior to this position, Clement was deputy chief of staff in the executive office and deputy legal counsel. She previously worked in the Senate Majority Policy Office, as an attorney at Clement Law, and as legal counsel in the Senate. Clement earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Michigan State University and her juris doctor degree from the MSU College of Law.
Supreme Court justices serve eight year terms and incoming Justice Clement may seek election in 2018 for a full eight-year term.