You are ready to vote and when you look at the ballot you don’t recognize the name of one candidate for a court office. You think to yourself that these are the individuals who will be making monumental decisions about everything you do or say and I don’t know anything about them.
The Capital Area Progressives are hosting a public Michigan Supreme Court candidate forum tonight Sunday, August 26, 2012, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., in Room 170 of Lansing Community College’s Arts and Sciences Building, 419 N. Washington Avenue off the pedestrian mall. Candidates Judge Shelia Johnson, Dean Bridget Mary McCormack, and Judge Connie Kelley will speak and then take questions from the audience. Judge Julie Reincke of Eaton County will moderate.
Judge Shelia Johnson of the 46th District Court in Oakland County has eight years of service as Chief Judge Pro Tem. She practiced in civil and criminal litigation for 18 years before coming to the bench nine years ago. Bridget Mary McCormack, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, University of Michigan Law School, has practiced in state and federal courts and built nationally recognized clinics at the school concerning domestic violence, small businesses, sick children, and criminal innocence. Judge Connie Marie Kelley is a family law judge in Michigan’s largest court, the 3rd Circuit in Wayne County. Before coming to the bench in 2008, she practiced law for 27 years.
Capital Area Progressives is an issues-education group open to all residents of the Capital City’s tri-county region. The Michigan Supreme Court can uphold or limit, diminish or extinguish individual rights. The Court decides what contested laws and initiatives survive or die