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Term: 1996 – 2013

Justice Marilyn Kelly was first elected to the Michigan Supreme Court in 1996. She was re-elected in 2004 and served as Chief Justice from 2008-2011. Her term expired in 2013, and she was age-barred from seeking re-election in 2012.

Justice Kelly attended law school at Wayne State University. Prior to that, she obtained an undergraduate degree from Eastern Michigan University and graduate degrees from Middlebury College and La Sorbonne – The University of Paris. Before attending law school, she taught French at Grosse Pointe Schools, Albion College, and Eastern Michigan University, and served on the Michigan State Board of Education. After law school, she opened the practice of Marilyn Kelly and Associates. She was elected to the Michigan Court of Appeals in 1988.

Notable environmental cases decided by Justice Kelly 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

Municipalities Can Be Responsible for Private Sewage Discharge

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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