Clifford Taylor

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Clifford W. Taylor
66th Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court
In office
January 7, 2005 – January 1, 2009
Preceded by Maura D. Corrigan
Succeeded by Marilyn Jean Kelly
Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court
In office
September 22, 1997[1] – January 1, 2009
Appointed by John Engler
Preceded by Dorothy Comstock Riley
Succeeded by Diane Marie Hathaway
Personal details
Born (1942-11-09) November 9, 1942 (age 74)
Flint, Michigan
Spouse(s) Lucille
Alma mater University of Michigan (B.A., 1964)
George Washington University (J.D., 1967)
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Navy
Years of service 1967-1971

Clifford "Cliff" Taylor is a former American judge who served on the Michigan Supreme Court from 1997 through 2009. He served as the Michigan Supreme Court's Chief Justice from 2005 through 2009. After his tenure as a judge, he joined the law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone and served as a visiting law professor at Ave Maria School of Law.[2]

Michigan Supreme Court[edit]

Taylor was appointed to the court in 1997 by then-Governor John Engler, ran for election to the balance of the appointed term in 1998 and was reelected in 2000. He was chosen by his fellow justices to be the Chief Justice twice, in 2005 and 2007.[3]

Wayne County Circuit Judge Diane Marie Hathaway defeated Justice Taylor in the 2008 Supreme Court election.[4]

After Taylor's defeat in the election, the Court chose Marilyn Jean Kelly to succeed him as Chief Justice.[5]


Taylor is a graduate of the University of Michigan and The George Washington University.[6] He is chairman of the board of directors of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.[6] He is married to Lucille Taylor, with whom he has two sons.


  1. ^ "Swearing-In Ceremony For Justice Clifford W. Taylor". Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society. 
  2. ^ Halcom, Chad (February 8, 2010). "Ex-State Supreme Court Chief Justice Clifford Taylor to join Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone". Crain's Detroit Business. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Clifford W. Taylor". Miller Canfield. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Golder, Ed (August 8, 2011). "Former Supreme Court Justice Clifford Taylor on why we should keep judicial elections". MLive. The Grand Rapids Press. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Marilyn Kelly new chief justice of Michigan Supreme Court". MLive. Associated Press. January 8, 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Clifford W. Taylor". Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society. Retrieved 28 August 2015.