Trump to Nominate State Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen for Federal Court

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan L. Larsen (Court photo)

Update: Monday, 2:15 p.m. -- Chief State Supreme Court Justice Stephen Markman issued a statement on the nomination of fellow Judge Joan Larsen:

“Justice Joan Larsen has brought to the Michigan Supreme Court a lifetime dedicated to legal scholarship, regard for our Constitution, and abiding respect for the rule of law.  While today’s nomination by the President is a well-deserved recognition of these attributes, Joan nonetheless will be missed by her colleagues who have very much enjoyed working with her on behalf of the people of Michigan.  We plan to take full advantage of her judicial insights and contributions until she is finally confirmed by the United States Senate.”


From Earlier Monday

President Donald Trump is expected to announce the nomination of Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan L. Larsen to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, The New York Times reports.

Larsen, who clerked for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, will be among 10 people nominated Monday for opening federal judgeships, the Times reports.

The conservative Larsen was named to the Michigan Supreme Court on Sept. 30, 2015, by Governor Rick Snyder. She was a law professor at University of Michigan at the time.

She replaced Justice Mary Beth Kelly, who stepped down to return to her private practice. 

Larsen taught at U-M for more than 10 years. She graduated first in her class from Northwestern University School of Law, where she served as articles editor of the Northwestern University Law Review.

Read more:  The New York Times

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