About Us

About the Society

Mission Statement

The Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1988 by then-Chief Justice Dorothy Comstock Riley. The mission of the Society is to collect, preserve, and display documents, records, and memorabilia relating to the Michigan Supreme Court and the other Courts of Michigan, promote the study of the history of Michigan’s courts, and seek to increase public awareness of Michigan’s legal heritage.

The Society sponsors and conducts historical research, provides educational materials for students, and sponsors and provides publications, portraits and memorials, special events, and other projects consistent with its mission.

There are nearly 500 members. Society dues are $150.00 annually for individuals and $1,000.00 for law firms and other groups. Attorneys who have appeared in a calendared case before the Michigan Supreme Court may join the Advocates Guild for an additional $50.00 per year on top of their Advocates Guild membership.

Please¬† use the drop-down menu below to choose your membership level and pay your dues online. THANK YOU for supporting the Society’s work!




  • President: Carl W. Herstein
  • Vice President: Lawrence P. Nolan
  • Secretary: Susan Fairchild
  • Treasurer: John P. Jacobs

Board of Directors:

Hon. Fred L. Borchard, Lori A. Buiteweg, Hon. Alfred M. Butzbaugh, Hon. Michael F. Cavanagh, Hon. Avern L. Cohn, Bruce A. Courtade, Gregory J. DeMars, Peter H. Ellsworth, John G. Fedynsky, Julie I. Fershtman, Joseph J. Gavin, Matthew C. Herstein, Hon. Mary Beth Kelly, Mary Massaron, Hon. Denise Langford Morris, Shenique A. Moss, Charles R. Rutherford, Hon. James L. Ryan, Stephen K. Valentine Jr., Janet K. Welch, Jill M. Wheaton

Directors Emeritus

Alan Ackerman
Frederick G. Buesser, Jr.*
Frederick G. Buesser, III*
John S. Clark*
Maura D. Corrigan
John Robert Dethmers*
Michael Franck*
Samuel C. Gardner*
Boyd A. Henderson
Jane K. Souris*
Nathaniel W. Stroup*
Duane L. Tarnacki
John M. Wright*
Clifford W. Taylor
Thomas G. Kavanagh, Jr.
John E. Riecker*
D. Larkin Chenault
George E. Bushnell, Jr.*
Thomas A. McNish*
William R. Peterson*
Roger F. Lane*
Eugene Driker
Andrea Fischer Newman
John W. Fitzgerald*
David L. Porteous
R. Stuart Hoffius*
Prentiss M. Brown, Jr.
John T. Berry
Thomas E. Brennan*
Bruce M. Groom
Leonard D. Givens
David A. Goldman*
Lawrence G. Campbell
Conrad L. Mallett, Jr.
Wendy L. Potts
Scott S. Brinkmeyer
Christine D. Oldani
Eugene D. Mossner
Michael Murray
Patricia J. Boyle*
Wallace D. Riley*
Charles L. Levin
Michael G. Harrison*
Ronald Keefe
John W. Reed*
Frank J. Kelley
Richard D. Reed