Duly Noted . . .

Attorney Thomas P. Clement named Michigan Supreme Court General Counsel

In mid-May, the Michigan Supreme Court announced the selection of Thomas P. Clement as General Counsel.  Clement, of East Lansing, is currently a division chief and assistant attorney general in the Michigan Attorney General’s office.  Clement was the unanimous choice of the Court.

“With extensive experience on civil, regulatory, legislative, and administrative matters, Clement brings the ideal skill set to the position,” said Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr.  “Clement is also an excellent communicator, who will ably represent the Court with the other branches of government.”

“My goal is to serve the Court and help them build on an already impressive record of accomplishment,” said Clement.  “By continuing to strengthen our relationship with the executive and legislative branches, we can do even more to help Michigan’s judiciary improve service to the public.”

Clement has been an attorney for more than 14 years and most recently supervised a team of 12 attorneys in the Michigan Attorney General’s Licensing and Regulation Division.  In this position, Clement served as the Attorney General’s lead attorney regarding regulation of professional health care and occupational licenses. In particular, Clement played a key role in working with the Legislature and the Governor’s Office to implement recent recommendations to address the epidemic of prescription drug and opioid abuse.

Previously, Clement was an attorney in private practice and began his legal career as an assistant prosecuting attorney in the Eaton County Prosecutors Office. Clement received a Bachelor of Arts from Western Michigan University and a Juris Doctorate from the Michigan State University College of Law.

As General Counsel, Clement will provide legal advice to the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, and the State Court Administrative Office.  He will also serve as liaison to the executive and legislative branches, representing the court on both policy and legislative issues.