Gov. Rick Snyder today appointed Joan Larsen, a law professor at the University of Michigan, to the Michigan Supreme Court.
"Joan is a superb attorney who brings experience from the highest levels of government, private practice, and academia to the state's highest court," Snyder says. "She is highly regarded by her peers, and is a nationally recognized constitutional scholar."
Larsen, of Scio Township, near Ann Arbor, fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Justice Mary Beth Kelly after she served the court for nearly five years.
Larsen serves as law professor and special counsel to the dean at the University of Michigan Law School. Before that, she was deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel. She has also taught at Northwestern University School of Law. Larsen began her career as a law clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Larsen earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa and received her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law, ranking first in her class.
"I'm humbled to be able to serve the people of Michigan and to enforce the constitution of the state of Michigan," Larsen says.
Supreme Court justices serve eight-year terms, however, Larsen will have to seek election in 2016 for the remainder of Justice Kelly's term that expires at the end of 2018. She would be eligible to run in 2018 for a full eight-year term.