Michigan Supreme Court (Partial Term)
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.
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 court – Associated 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 Court – MLive, Sept. 30, 2015
Snyder appoints Joan Larsen to Supreme Court – Detroit Free Press, Sept. 30, 2015
UM law professor Joan Larsen appointed to Michigan Supreme Court – Crain’s Detroit Business, Sept. 30, 2015