Michigan Supreme Court (Partial Term)

Joan Larsen

Joan Larsen 

Joan Larsen currently serves on the Michigan Supreme Court. She was appointed to the court by Gov. Rick Snyder in September 2015 to fill a vacancy following the resignation of Justice Mary Beth Kelly, who was elected to an eight-year term in 2010. This election is for the final two years of Kelly’s term – from Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 31, 2018.

Before her appointment to the Michigan Supreme Court, Larsen was the University of Michigan Law School’s special counsel to the dean for student and graduate activities. She previously
was a legal adviser to the President George W. Bush administration, serving as deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel. She also was a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and for Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals. 

Larsen is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and Northwestern University School of Law. She is married to Adam Pritchard, a University of Michigan law professor. The couple has two school-age children and live in Scio Township.

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Joan Larsen:  In The News

See the candidates running for two seats on Michigan's Supreme Court – MLive, Oct. 22, 2016

Detroit-area judges challenge 2 justices on top courtAssociated Press, Oct. 16, 2016

Is there a pause in the political battle over state Supreme Court? – Michigan Radio, Oct. 6, 2016

What I Learned From Justice Scalia (op-ed written by Joan Larsen) – New York Times, Feb. 16, 2016

Gov. Rick Snyder appoints U-M attorney Joan Larsen to Michigan Supreme CourtMLive, Sept. 30, 2015

Snyder appoints Joan Larsen to Supreme CourtDetroit Free Press, Sept. 30, 2015

UM law professor Joan Larsen appointed to Michigan Supreme CourtCrain’s Detroit Business, Sept. 30, 2015