Conrad Mallett Jr.

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Conrad Mallett, Jr.Served from 1990 through 1999
Chief Justice: 1997, 1998

Conrad L. Mallett Jr. was born on October 12, 1953, in Detroit, Michigan. He received his B.A. from the University of California-Los Angeles in 1975. He also received his M.P.A. and J.D. from the University of Southern California in 1979.

Mallett was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1979, and immediately began his involvement in many legal organizations. He is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the Wolverine Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the Detroit Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Genesee County Bar Association.

His career in public service began when he served from 1983 until 1984 as the Director of Legislative Affairs for Governor James J. Blanchard. From 1985 until 1986, Mallett was the Director and Executive Assistant to Detroit Mayor Coleman Young.

In December of 1990, he was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court. Mallett was re-elected to a two-year term in 1992, and re-elected again for an eight-year term in 1994. Mallett was the first African American to serve as Chief Justice on the Michigan Supreme Court. Justice Mallett retired from the Court at the end of 1998. ( Michigan Manual: Ed. 1997 – 1998. Lansing, Michigan: Legislative Council, State of Michigan.)

Portrait presented on: (Click link to read transcript)
April 25, 2012

Portrait Artist:
Knox, Simmie

Oil on canvas

30″ x 40″

Owned by:
State of Michigan

Current location:
Hall of Justice – 4th Floor:
Commissioners Office

Portrait photo by:
David Trumpie