Senate Democrats vowed Wednesday as they took control of the chamber to begin work on rolling out an ambitious agenda of items that have sat without action for years, meanwhile acknowledging the historic moment of having the first woman majority leader in the chamber and its most diverse membership ever seated.
Throughout her career, Chief Justice Elizabeth Clement has endeavored to keep an open mind, to listen first and talk later and to hear every voice at the table before making a consequential decision.
With the weight of history on her shoulders and her own expectations to be the best jurist she possibly can be, Supreme Court Justice Kyra Harris Bolden, a day after a fellow justice publicly and harshly criticized her, said she won't try to be anything other than herself as she adapts to her new role.
A public intra-party fight arose Thursday after it was reported that newly-appointed Michigan Supreme Court Justice Kyra Harris Bolden hired an ex-convict – who served a prison sentence, was released and later worked for the State Appellate Defender Office – as a clerk.
After being tapped to fill in as chief justice during the end of former Justice Bridget McCormack's tenure, the high court on Wednesday – with its newest member in tow – unanimously elected Chief Justice Elizabeth Clement to hold the honor for the entirety of the current two-year term.