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Retired state Supreme Court justice joins WSU faculty
March 27, 2013
Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kelly is joining the faculty of Wayne State University Law School as its first "distinguished jurist in residence," the school announced this week. Kelly, 74, who served on the high court 16 years, retired from the court in 2012 due to a provision in the state constitution that bars jurists from seeking re-election after age 70. A Wayne Law alumnus, she already serves on the executive committee of the law school's Board of Visitors. "I look forward to this," Kelly said in a statement released by the law school this week on her appointment. "It's an opportunity to be creative. It seems a natural fit to me that I should come back here." Kelly also co-chaired the Michigan Judicial Selection Task Force with retired Judge James Ryan of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That panel in 2012 made seven judicial reform recommendations and drafted proposed legislation to update the electoral process.