Lansing, MI – Today Michigan Supreme Court Justices Kurtis Wilder and Elizabeth Clement launched their campaign for election vowing to work together on the campaign trail in the same collegial manner that exemplifies the rule of law Michigan Supreme Court.
“I am proud today to join my colleague Elizabeth Clement in launching our campaign so that we can continue our important work on the Michigan Supreme Court,” said Justice Kurtis Wilder. “Our mission to uphold our Constitution, defend the rule of law, and deliver justice to the great people of Michigan is not only vital to maintaining our free society, but also rewarding and fulfilling to those of us who have dedicated our lives to the law. I can’t think of a better colleague to work with in that effort than Justice Elizabeth Clement. I look forward to hitting the campaign trail with her as we take our vision to the people. I invite all citizens to visit my website at WilderForJustice.com to find out more information about my campaign.”
“Serving on the Michigan Supreme Court is the honor of a lifetime and a tremendous responsibility that I take very seriously,” said Justice Elizabeth Clement. “The people, families, and job creators of our state demand that our courts be focused solely on upholding the rule of law in a fair and impartial manner and that we as jurists not legislate from the bench. I am proud of the fact that this is exactly how we administer justice on the Michigan Supreme Court and that is the message Justice Wilder and I will take to the people of our great state. Voters can find more information about my campaign and my approach to administering justice at ClementForJustice.com.”
Biography of Justice Elizabeth T. Clement:
Justice Elizabeth T. Clement was appointed as the 11 th female justice of the Michigan Supreme Court replacing Justice Joan Larsen who was appointed to the United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court she served as chief legal counsel to Governor Rick Snyder focusing on a broad spectrum of legal, legislative and policy initiatives.
As chief legal counsel, Justice Clement served as the Governor’s liaison to the Michigan Attorney General on litigation involving the state of Michigan. Additional responsibilities included negotiating compacts and agreements with Michigan’s Native American Tribes, contract negotiations and judicial appointments. Prior to serving as chief legal counsel she was Cabinet Secretary, Deputy Chief of Staff and Deputy Legal Counsel.
Before joining the Executive branch Justice Clement was an attorney in the Michigan Senate providing research, analysis, and advice on legislative efforts and management of the Senate. She served as legal counsel to the Senate Majority Leader leading the advice and consent process and providing reports and recommendations on executive appointments. She also served the Senate Majority Policy Office providing research and analysis to the Senate Judiciary, Health Policy, and Local and State Affairs Committees.
Prior to service in state government Justice Clement was in private practice representing individuals in the areas of family law, adoption, probate, estate planning and criminal law.
Lifelong Michigander, Justice Clement attended Michigan State University and received a B.A. in Political Science from the university in 1999. She received her Juris Doctor from Michigan State University School of Law in 2002 and was admitted into the State Bar of Michigan that same year.
Justice Clement, her husband Tom, and their four children reside in East Lansing, Michigan.