Taylor re-elected Michigan's Chief Justice

John O'Brien Jan. 4, 2007, 2:42pm


LANSING, Mich. -- A vote by his fellow justices Thursday kept Clifford Taylor the Chief Justice of Michigan's Supreme Court.

Taylor was appointed to the Court in 1997 by Republican Gov. John Engler and was re-elected in 2000 to serve an eight-year term.

Two years ago, he was first chosen by the justices to serve as Chief Justice.

Taylor said he appreciated "the opportunity to continue serving the Michigan judicial branch and the people of Michigan. Being Chief Justice is an honor, but even more a responsibility."

According to his bio on the Court's Web site, Taylor "received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from George Washington University. After three years in the U.S. Navy as a line officer, he returned to Michigan and served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Ingham County.

In 1972, he joined the Lansing law firm of Denfield, Timmer and Seelye, which later became Denfield, Timmer & Taylor when he became a partner in the firm.

"He remained in private practice for 20 years, receiving the highest ratings for competence and character by lawyer rating organizations. In 1992, Gov. Engler appointed him to the Michigan Court of Appeals where he served until his appointment to the Michigan Supreme Court."

Taylor was also the co-author of West Publishing's Michigan Practice Guide on Torts.

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