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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Interview with Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan

In 1989, I completed an 18-month stint as a research attorney with the Court of Appeals.  My next job was an associate attorney position in the appellate section of Plunkett & Cooney, then a Detroit-based firm.  Another attorney that joined the firm at the same time was Maura Corrigan.

At the time, Corrigan narrowly missed a choice (political) federal appointment as the U.S. Attorney for Detroit in the Bush 41 era.  It was a professional perk to work alongside Justice Corrigan for two-years before she was appointed to the Court of Appeals; subsequently getting elected to the Michigan Supreme Court.

In yet another example of how fast and wide legal information is spread via the Internet, an excellent podcast series known as "Assistance of Counsel" kicks-off with an interview with Justice Corrigan.  Assistance of Counsel is the product of former-Oakland County Prosecutor Paul Stablein, a partner in the Royal Oak firm of Flood, Lanctot, Connor & Stablein.

Stablin says, over time, the other Justices will be interviewed along with jurists from all levels of our legal system.  What a fantastic resource to learn about who our elected jurists are, and what they think.  

Good luck with the podcasts Paul; and keep your informative posts about our state's great common law tapestry coming.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

When we look at al that is going on in Michigan, it is totally amazing and sad that all we ever get are black eyes. The City of Detroit itself has huge imaging problems with the gangster mentality, But Oakland county Court system also reeks of cronyism, favoritism and out and out disrespect for those that are not a member of the good old boys club. May the saints preserve you if one of the judges wakes up on the wrong side of the rock, or find themselves in a memory loss vortex. As an employee I must admit that there is something a bit more than subtle racism that goes on. At the risk of losing my job I think the Chief Justice of Probate has a great responsibility to be honest and fair and not friendly to his pals that mishandle case after case. Judge Moore has been quietly called out for his decisions and his association in the past 5 years, but there are some of us who think maybe he is not thinking straight. There is one case in particular he has actually gone into temper tantrum mode referring to it as the “DAMN A@#@* CASE”. As sad as the situation is he has an axe to grind I guess because it is time consuming. This is not the first time. I think that maybe these judges cease to be impartial after age 65. Also an award in his name that is bestowed on other judges here may also give him the illusion of superiority. Judge Linda Hallmark is another example of people you don’t like to interact with out here. But these people feed cases to their own close knit band of friends. And God help you if you piss one of them off, disagree or try to file a motion, it may never make it to the administrators office. Which is clearly a violation of constitutional rights? In short it is amazing what we peons talk about around the water cooler.

April 26, 2010 at 1:56 PM 
Anonymous Behind The Gavel said...

When we look at al that is going on in Michigan, it is totally amazing and sad that all we ever get are black eyes. The City of Detroit itself has huge imaging problems with the gangster mentality, But Oakland county Court system also reeks of cronyism, favoritism and out and out disrespect for those that are not a member of the good old boys club. May the saints preserve you if one of the judges wakes up on the wrong side of the rock, or find themselves in a memory loss vortex. As an employee I must admit that there is something a bit more than subtle racism that goes on. At the risk of losing my job I think the Chief Justice of Probate has a great responsibility to be honest and fair and not friendly to his pals that mishandle case after case. Judge Moore has been quietly called out for his decisions and his association in the past 5 years, but there are some of us who think maybe he is not thinking straight. There is one case in particular he has actually gone into temper tantrum mode referring to it as the “DAMN A@#@* CASE”. As sad as the situation is he has an axe to grind I guess because it is time consuming. This is not the first time. I think that maybe these judges cease to be impartial after age 65. Also an award in his name that is bestowed on other judges here may also give him the illusion of superiority. Judge Linda Hallmark is another example of people you don’t like to interact with out here. But these people feed cases to their own close knit band of friends. And God help you if you piss one of them off, disagree or try to file a motion, it may never make it to the administrators office. Which is clearly a violation of constitutional rights? In short it is amazing what we peons talk about around the water cooler.

April 26, 2010 at 1:57 PM 
Blogger Timothy P. Flynn said...

I completely disagree with your comment about Judge Hallmark. She is a judge's judge; an intellectual on the family court who is fair and rational. Really, she belongs in the Court of Apppeals.

May 4, 2010 at 6:13 AM 
Blogger Dwin Dykema said...

Hey Timothy: Would this be an exemplary example of Judge Hallmark's fair rationality?? http://www.wxyz.com/news/teen-taken-by-cps-for-alleged-medical-neglect-says-she-isnt-being-reunited-with-mother

April 15, 2016 at 7:11 PM 

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