Meet Justice Clement
Justice Elizabeth T. Clement joined the Michigan Supreme Court on November 17, 2017, becoming the 113th Justice and the 11th woman to serve on the bench. Before her appointment by Governor Rick Snyder, she served as chief legal counsel for the Governor, advising him on a wide variety of legal, legislative, and policy matters.
Her duties as chief legal counsel also included working with the Attorney General’s Office on litigation affecting the State of Michigan, negotiating tribal compacts and settlement agreements, and interviewing and recommending appointees to Court of Appeals and Supreme Court judicial vacancies.
She previously held the positions of cabinet secretary and deputy chief of staff, as well as deputy legal counsel in the Governor’s Office.
Clement served as an attorney, policy advisor, and legal counsel in the Michigan Senate from 2006 to 2010. She provided legal research and drafted legislation for the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Health Policy Committee, and the Senate Local and State Affairs Committee. In addition, she was responsible for the State Senate advice and consent process including vetting and advice and consent hearings.
Justice Clement began her legal career in the private sector where she owned and operated Clement Law, PLLC. Her legal practice focused on representation of individuals in the areas of family law, divorce and custody.
Prior to working in private practice, Justice Clement worked as a legislative aide to State Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Rogers.
Justice Clement earned a B.A. in Political Science from the Michigan State University and her Juris Doctor from Michigan State University School of Law. She lives with her husband and their four children in East Lansing.