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Term: 1997-2008

Justice Clifford Taylor was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court in 1997 by Gov. John Engler (R). He was elected to the Court in 2000 and served as Chief Justice from 2005-2008. His term expired in 2008, and he was not re-elected.

Justice Taylor graduated from the University of Michigan and George Washington University Law School. He served in the Navy for three years before becoming an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ingham County. He was in private practice for 20 years with the Denfield, Timmer and Taylor law firm before Gov. Engler appointed him to the Michigan Court of Appeals in 1992.

Notable environmental opinions decided by Justice Taylor include…

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AG Not Allowed to Appeal Leaking Underground Storage Tank Case

Beach Walking on the Great Lakes Shoreline

Citizens Lose Ability to Protect Environment by Challenging a Permit

Court Invalidates Lansing Storm Water Pollution Control Fee

Court Limits Ability of “Any Person” to Protect Michigan’s Environment

Court Upholds Saginaw’s Ban on Hunting

DNR’s Burt Lake Boat Launch Subject to Local Zoning Control

Environmental Contamination is a Factor in Eminent Domain Valuation

New Cranberry Farm Subject to Wetland Permits

No Compensation for Victims of Toxic Dioxin Exposure

No Eminent Domain Compensation for Highway Construction Effects

No Eminent Domain Compensation for Warren Highway Pollution

No Tax Exemption for Car Emissions Testing Facilities

Sand Dune Erosion Can Be Environmental Harm

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