LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert Young plans to retire and return to his former law firm.
A statement from the court says Young announced his plans Wednesday during a meeting with fellow Michigan Supreme Court justices. The 65-year-old says his retirement from the court is effective April 30 or earlier. He’s going back to the Dickinson Wright firm.
Young served three years on the Michigan Court of Appeals and 18 years on Michigan’s highest court, including six years as chief justice. Young says he’s proud of his accomplishments, including helping to reduce acrimony among the court.
He says in a statement “we proved that good people who may differ in their opinions can come together and accomplish important things for the people we serve – and we do it amicably.”
Governor Rick Snyder responded to today’s announcement by saying, in part, “Justice Young’s time on the Supreme Court will long be remembered for how he brought people together to discuss how the judicial branch could better serve the people of Michigan.”
The governor will now review and consider possible candidates to appoint to Justice Young’s seat.