Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack on the 8th Day

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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack on the 8th Day Radio Show

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack on the 8th Day Radio Show

MARQUETTE — Justice Bridget Mary McCormack joined Todd Pazz on the 8th Day Radio show. Justice McCormack discussed the Court’s Community Connections Program to improve understanding of the court by hearing two cases a year “on the road.” The Spring case 155266 – Kenneth Bertin v Douglas Mann involved the question of how to handle an accident with a golf cart. “The key legal question presented is whether plaintiff must prove that defendant acted with ‘reckless misconduct’ or the lower standard of ordinary negligence.” Oral Arguments were held on April 25, 2018, in the Arts Center auditorium on the campus of Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

This was the first time that the Supreme Court of Michigan had visited the Upper Peninsula.

In addition to the road-show case, Justice McCormack was also traveling the Upper Peninsula as the Supreme Court’s liaison on tribal issues. Michigan Tribal Judicial Forum Builds Trust and Spurs Cooperation on Child Support Issues, and address needs of Native American children and families. From the courts website: “Priorities for the Forum include addressing child welfare issues and ensuring that our respective court systems are meeting the needs of Native American children and families in a way that is culturally sensitive and appropriate. In particular, the Forum is focused on making certain that courts are trained in the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (1978) and the Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act (2012).”

Additional topics discussed included:

  • How Justice McCormack Came to Live in Michigan
  • Why she sought a seat on the court in 2012.
  • Her time as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at Univerisity of Michigan
  • Her efforts to created new law clinics such as Domestic Violence Clinic and a Pediatric Health Advocacy Clinic
  • Her passion for improving understanding of the judicial branch better by the people it serves
  • Transparency of the Judicial System in Michigan
  • The Michigan Drug Courts

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