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Justice Bagenstos?

A prominent progressive law professor seeks a seat on the Michigan Supreme Court

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This weekend, I learned that Sam Bagenstos, the Frank G. Millard Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, is running for a seat on the Michigan Supreme Court. In addition to being a law professor and prolific scholar, Bagenstos has served in the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He is also an accomplished appellate advocate, having argued and won significant cases such as Young v. United Parcel Service.

If Professor Bagenstos becomes Justice Bagenstos he will not be the first member of the Michigan law faculty to join the Michigan Supreme Court. The Honorable Joan Larsen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit taught at Michigan before she was tapped for her state's high court. She served on that court for a few years before being nominated and confirmed to the federal appellate bench.

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  1. Justice Bridget Mary McCormack was also on the Michigan Law faculty for about 15 years before she was elected to the Michigan Supreme Court.

    http://courts.mi.gov/courts/mi…..rmack.aspx

  2. State Legislatures should wait for these lefties to leave academia and then get into politics. In this case become judges. Impeach then so they are disgraced from the bench and they might not be able to return to academia since their position might have been filled.

    Forcing these lefties to get real jobs and fail in life like socialism has failed.

  3. “Forcing these lefties to get real jobs and fail in life like socialism has failed.”

    Is this a grammatically-sound sentence? I had to read it about 4-5 times before I could unpack it. (I’m was not commenting on its inherent idiocy . . . merely asking about the sentence structure.)

    1. I don’t think it’s that hard to unpack; I think it would be normally be viewed as a sentence fragment, but those are pretty common in casual prose such as this. The objects to love…’s comment, it seems to me, ought to be substantive, not grammatical. (One is that Michigan Supreme Court Justices are elected, so the choice should be the voters’ at the ballot box, and generally not politicians’ through the impeachment process.)

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