Center for America

Spotlight Interview Series




Chief Justice Cliff Taylor

Michigan Supreme Court

Michigan Hall of Justice
P.O. Box 30052 Lansing, MI 48909


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The Wall Street Journal has called the Michigan Supreme Court the ďfinest court in the land.Ē In this interview, CFA's Kristyn Shayon discusses with Michiganís Chief Justice Cliff Taylor some of the factors which must have been considered by the Wall Street Journal before making such a statement.

Using the Michigan Supreme Court as the example, Chief Justice Taylor discusses the role of a Supreme Court justice and how a courtís judicial philosophy, not political philosophy, impacts a courtís decisions. Also discussed is the way in which we select our judges including elections, as well as the impact of White v. Minnesota Republican Party on robust debate during political campaigns, and merit selection.

Chief Justice Taylor has served on the Michigan Supreme Court for ten years, and will stand for re-election to an eight-year term in November 2008. Prior to being appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court by former Governor John Engler, Chief Justice Taylor served 5 years on the Michigan Court of Appeals. Chief Justice Taylorís 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 and Economics Center which provides judicial education across the country. He served in the past on the Michigan Legislatureís Commission on the Courts in the 21st Century, and on the Michigan State Board of Law Examiners. He is the co-author of a three-volume work, "Torts," which covers personal injury law in Michigan.

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