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Email Renewals: All-New

For the first time, the Society is using email to send renewal notices to those members who are not current in their membership with the Society. Please check your email to make sure you have renewed for 2012. And remember, as a 501(c)(3), contributions made to the Society are tax-deductible! To renew, add a membership, or make an additional contribution for 2012, visit this link. Thank you!!!

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Fall Newsletter On Its Way To You!

The Fall issue of the Society Update is in the mail to you as of December 4th. The feature article in this issue is on the recent judicial election. It includes background information on Justice Markman, Justice Zahra, and Justice-Elect McCormack as well as announcement of the date of Justice-Elect McCormack’s investiture ceremony. A tribute to Justice Marilyn Kelly, a page on the U.S. Supreme Court, the Supreme Court Learning Center’s new Domestic Violence exhibit, and photos from the Advocates Guild Dinner round out the issue.

And, as promised, here is the link to the West Wing reunion video that went viral during the campaign. It was actually a political ad for then-candidate Bridget McCormack, whose sister acted in the show. However, the video does a magnificent job of expounding on the importance of voting in judicial elections. Leaving the nonpartisan section of the ballot uncast is, in the words of Josh Lyman, White House Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Political Adviser to President Bartlet, “A disaster. It’s a catastrophe. It’s an unrivaled cataclysmic event.” Offered for the civic-minded and the West Wing fans among you…

To read the Michigan Constitution visit the Legislature’s website here.

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Conrad L. Mallett, Jr. Portrait Presented

The portrait of former Chief Justice Conrad L. Mallett, Jr. was presented to the Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday, April 25, in a special session of the Court. To watch online, visit the Virtual Court on the State Bar of Michigan’s website. Mallett was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court by Governor James Blanchard in 1990. He was subsequently re-elected in 1992 and 1994. He was elected Chief Justice in 1997 and was the first African American Chief Justice on the Michigan Supreme Court. Mallett left the Court in 1999. The portrait of Mallett was painted by Washington, D.C. artist Simmie Knox. Mr. Knox’s other notable portrait commissions include the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Damon Keith, former President Bill Clinton, Muhammed Ali, and Bill Cosby.

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Annual Luncheon Recap

The Annual Membership Luncheon at the Detroit Athletic Club was held Thursday, April 19. The historical vignette was presented by Lawrence Glazer, author of Wounded Warrior: The Rise and Fall of Michigan Governor John Swainson. Read more about the luncheon in the Detroit Legal News.

Society members receive an exclusive discount on the book. Visit MSU Press and enter the code M031201 at checkout to purchase the book for $20.00, nearly half the regular publisher’s price of $39.95.

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Women’s History Month

There are only a few days left in the month of March, however, celebrating the historic accomplishments of women can continue all year. Visit the Women and the Law section of our website to learn about Michigan women who’ve blazed a trail in the legal field. Then be sure to visit our membership page to renew or begin a membership that will help us fund a permanent exhibit featuring the early women of the Court.

Additionally, our friends at the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame recently opened a new exhibit entitled Women Who Dared to Lead, which features photos and biographies of several important women in the law, including our first woman justice Mary Stallings Coleman, Society founder Dorothy Comstock Riley, and former Justices Patricia Boyle and Elizabeth Weaver. The exhibit runs into next February and can be viewed during regular visiting hours for the museum, which is located at 213 W. Malcom X Street, Lansing 48933.

Shown in this photo are the exhibit label for Justices Coleman and Boyle, and a campaign sign from Justice Boyle’s re-election campaign. Read more about Patricia Boyle’s impressive legal career in her Hall of Fame biography.

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