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Eastside Republican forum

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Taylor to speak

Chief Justice Clifford W. Taylor
June 12, 2008
The Eastside Republican Club will hold a public forum at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Clifford W. Taylor, chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, will be the guest speaker.

Taylor will discuss the court's responsibilities under the Michigan Constitution, and its role in applying and interpreting the law.

His presentation will be followed by a discussion prompted by questions from the audience. 

Taylor was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court in August 1997 by Gov. John Engler to fill the seat vacated by retiring Justice Dorothy Comstock Riley.

In 1998, Taylor ran and was elected to fill the balance of Riley's term. He was re-elected to a full eight-year term in 2000.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, and a law degree from George Washington University.

After three years in the U.S. Navy as a line officer, he returned to Michigan and served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Ingham County.

In 1972, he joined the Lansing law firm of Denfield, Timmer and Seelye, which later became Denfield, Timmer and Taylor when he became a partner in the firm.

He remained in private practice for 20 years and received the highest ratings for competence and character by lawyer rating organizations.

In 1992, Engler appointed him to the Michigan Court of Appeals where he served until his appointment to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Taylor's professional activities include service on the board of directors of the National Conference of Chief Justices, and on the board of the George Mason University Law & Economics Center.

He has served on the Michigan Legislature's Commission on the Courts in the 21st Century and on the Michigan State Board of Law Examiners.

He is co-author of a three-volume work entitled "Torts" that covers personal injury law in Michigan.

His community activities include having served on the board of directors of Chief Okemos Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the board of directors for the Michigan Dyslexia Institute.

The Eastside Republican Club Forum is held on the third Tuesday of the month from September through June. Admission is free and the public is always welcome.

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