Professor Bridget Mary McCormack, chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, is an adjunct clinical professor of law. She was elected a justice of the Court in November 2012 and took office in January 2013.
McCormack previously served as Michigan Law's associate dean for clinical affairs, clinical professor of law, and co-director of the Michigan Innocence Clinic, a non-DNA clinic representing wrongfully convicted Michigan prisoners. She also taught in the Michigan Clinical Law Program, a domestic violence clinic, and a pediatric advocacy clinic at the Law School.
Prior to joining the Law School faculty, she was a Cover Fellow at Yale Law School and taught in Yale's clinical programs. Before that she worked as a staff attorney with the Office of the Appellate Defender and was a senior trial attorney with the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society, both in New York City.
Chief Justice McCormack has been published in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, the Tennessee Law Review, and the Windsor Access to Justice Journal. Her research and scholarship focus on issues surrounding legal ethics and education, wrongful conviction, and issues of clinical pedagogy.
She received the Justice for All Award (with Innocence Clinic co-director Professor David Moran) from the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan in 2010, as well as Cooley Law School's Distinguished Brief Award and the Washtenaw County Bar Association's Patriot Award.
- Criminal Law