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.

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.

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  • President: Carl W. Herstein
  • Vice President: Lawrence P. Nolan
  • Secretary: Hon. Denise Langford Morris
  • Treasurer: Joseph J. Gavin

Board of Directors:

Mark Bendure, Hon. Fred L. Borchard, Lori A. Buiteweg, Hon. Michael F. Cavanagh, Bruce A. Courtade, Gregory J. DeMars, Peter H. Ellsworth, John G. Fedynsky, Julie I. Fershtman, Joseph J. Gavin, Deborah Gordon, Matthew C. Herstein, Hon. Mary Beth Kelly, Hon. Stephen J. Markman, Mary Massaron, Shenique A. Moss,  John D. Pirich, Hon. Angela K. Sherigan, Hon. Victoria A. Valentine, 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
Fr. 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
Hon. Alfred M. Butzbaugh*
Susan Fairchild
Charles R. Rutherford
Hon. James L. Ryan
Stephen K. Valentine Jr.
John P. Jacobs
Hon. Avern L. Cohn*