Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Joan Larsen, University of Michigan special counsel to the dean for student and graduate activities, to a vacancy on the state Supreme Court.
Larsen once clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. She was deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel under President George W. Bush from January 2002 to May 2003, according to a Detroit Free Press article.
It was Snyder’s third appointment to the high court, and his first appointment of a woman to that court. She was named to fill a vacancy created by the recent resignation of Justice Mary Beth Kelly.