Justices Clement and Wilder sent out the following release this morning announcing their intention to continue to serve on the Michigan Supreme Court
Lansing, MI – Today Michigan Supreme Court Justices Kurtis Wilder and Elizabeth Clement launched their campaign for re-election vowing to work together on the campaign trail in the same collegial manner that exemplifies the rule of law Michigan Supreme Court.
“I am proud today to join my colleague Elizabeth Clement in launching our campaign so that we can continue our important work on the Michigan Supreme Court,” said Justice Kurtis Wilder. “Our mission to uphold our Constitution, defend the rule of law, and deliver justice to the great people of Michigan is not only vital to maintaining our free society, but rewarding and fulfilling to those of us who have dedicated our lives to the law. I can’t think of a better colleague to work with in that effort than Justice Elizabeth Clement. I look forward to hitting the campaign trail with her as we take our vision to the people. I invite all citizens to visit my website at WilderForJustice.com to find out more information about my campaign.”
“Serving on the Michigan Supreme Court is the honor of a lifetime and a tremendous responsibility that I take very seriously,” said Justice Elizabeth Clement. “The people, families, and job creators of our state demand that our courts be focused solely on upholding the rule of law in a fair and impartial manner and that we as jurists not legislate from the bench. I am proud of the fact that this is exactly how we administer justice on the Michigan Supreme Court and that is the message Justice Wilder and I will take to the people of our great state. Voters can find more information about my campaign and my approach to administering justice at ClementForJustice.com.”
Biography of Justice Kurtis Wilder:
Kurtis T. Wilder was appointed as the 112th Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court in May 2017 to replace former Chief Justice Robert Young by Governor Rick Snyder. Prior to his elevation to the Supreme Court Justice Wilder served on the Michigan Court of Appeals since his appointment to that bench by former Governor John Engler in 1998. He also served as a judge on the Washtenaw County Circuit Court from 1992 to 1998.
Justice Wilder received an A.B. Degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1981 and a Juris Doctor degree from University of Michigan Law School in 1984. Following his graduation he served in private practice from 1984 until 1992
Justice Wilder is a member of the Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Foundation, the Association of Black Judges of Michigan, the Federalist Society Board of Advisors Michigan Chapter, and Wolverine Bar Association. He previously served as Chairman of the State Bar Judicial Conference and President of the Michigan Judges Association.
Justice Wilder has also been active in the community having served as Chair of the State of Michigan Community Corrections Advisory Board, former board chair of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, former board member of the Sphinx Organization, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor Symphany and American Red Cross Chapter of Washtenaw County. He also currently serves on the boards of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Justice Wilder currently resides in Canton Township.
Biography of Justice Elizabeth T. Clement:
Justice Elizabeth T. Clement was appointed as the 11 th female justice of the Michigan Supreme Court replacing Justice Joan Larsen who was appointed to the United States 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to her appointment to the Supreme Court she served as chief legal counsel to Governor Rick Snyder focusing on a broad spectrum of legal, legislative and policy initiatives.
As chief legal counsel, Justice Clement served as the Governor’s liaison to the Michigan Attorney General on litigation involving the state of Michigan. Additional responsibilities included negotiating compacts and agreements with Michigan’s Native American Tribes, contract negotiations and judicial appointments. Prior to serving as chief legal counsel she was Cabinet Secretary, Deputy Chief of Staff and Deputy Legal Counsel.
Before joining the Executive branch Justice Clement was an attorney in the Michigan Senate providing research, analysis, and advice on legislative efforts and management of the Senate. She served as legal counsel to the Senate Majority Leader leading the advice and consent process and providing reports and recommendations on executive appointments. She also served the Senate Majority Policy Office providing research and analysis to the Senate Judiciary, Health Policy, and Local and State Affairs Committees.
Prior to service in state government Justice Clement was in private practice representing individuals in the areas of family law, adoption, probate, estate planning and criminal law.
Lifelong Michigander, Justice Clement attended Michigan State University and received a B.A. in Political Science from the university in 1999. She received her Juris Doctor from Michigan State University School of Law in 2002 and was admitted into the State Bar of Michigan that same year.
Justice Clement, her husband Tom, and their four children reside in East Lansing, Michigan.