Michigan League of Conservation Voters Endorses Samuel Bagenstos for Justice

The Michigan League of Conservation Voters today announced that it is endorsing Samuel Bagenstos’s campaign to serve as a Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.

“Article 4 of Michigan’s Constitution declares the natural resources of the state to be of ‘paramount public concern’ to the ‘health, safety, and general welfare of the people’ of Michigan,” said Lisa Wozniak, executive director of Michigan LCV. “The stakes for our air, land, and water are incredibly high this November, and we need judges in the Michigan Supreme Court that will rule in accordance with the Constitution and the laws that protect our natural resources.”

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Former Attorney General Eric Holder Backs Samuel Bagenstos for Michigan Supreme Court

“I’m proud to endorse Sam Bagenstos, a dedicated public servant with an impressive record of fighting for fairness and justice,” said Holder. “During the Obama Administration, he was an instrumental leader in our efforts to protect the right to vote, expand the rights of people with disabilities, and put in place reforms that are rebuilding trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. He will be an independent voice for the people of Michigan and an excellent justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.”

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Samuel Bagenstos Receives Endorsements from Top Wayne County Officials

Samuel Bagenstos, Democratic nominee for Michigan Supreme Court, has earned the endorsements of three of the most prominent elected officials in Wayne County.

“These endorsements are recognition that we’re running an incredibly strong campaign and people are taking notice,” said Kyle Buda, spokesman for the Bagenstos campaign. “People are hungry for change, and Sam is hustling hard for every vote all over the state, sharing his experience of fighting for individuals who’ve been discriminated against by governments and giant corporations.”

“I’m proud to have the endorsement of Mayor Duggan, County Executive Evans and Sheriff Napoleon, and I stand with them in the fight for a stronger Wayne County,” said Sam Bagenstos. “The current Michigan Supreme Court is dominated by Rick Snyder appointees, and the people of Wayne County are ready for a change.”

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Justice for Flint: Samuel Bagenstos releases his first campaign ad

Samuel Bagenstos, Democratic nominee for Michigan Supreme Court, has released his first digital ad of the general election. The ad features residents of Flint talking about Sam’s victory in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.  That victory ensured the residents of Flint would have their day in court to seek accountability for the city’s water crisis.

The ad can be found by following this link: https://youtu.be/talZGTA1KQw

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SEIU Michigan State Council Endorses Samuel Bagenstos for Justice

The Service Employees International Union Michigan State Council, which consists of four SEIU locals that together represent approximately 30,000 workers across the state, has endorsed Samuel Bagenstos in his campaign for Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.

"I'm pleased to have received the SEIU's endorsement," Bagenstos said.  "I have worked side by side with the SEIU for many years.  When I worked in the Obama Administration, we fought together to stop devastating cuts to community-based health services.  Since I returned to private life, I have continued to work with the SEIU to defend fair wages and collective bargaining."

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Samuel Bagenstos Accepts Michigan Democratic Party's Nomination for Supreme Court

At the Michigan Democratic Party Convention on August 26, Samuel Bagenstos accepted the party's nomination for the position of Justice of the Supreme Court.  Watch his acceptance speech, given from the stage at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, here.

"I'm proud, honored, and humbled to accept the Democratic Party's nomination," Bagenstos said later.  "More than ever, we need strong and independent courts to stand up for our basic rights, and this year is our chance to make a fundamental change on the Michigan Supreme Court."


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Michigan Supreme Court: Candidate Bagenstos comes to Marquette, emphasizes importance of November race

Bagenstos, who is currently a University of Michigan law professor, served as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder. He was a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg on the U.S. Supreme Court and has served as an attorney on civil rights cases across the nation, including four U.S. Supreme Court cases.

His extensive experience in litigating major civil rights cases surrounding environmental justice, rights for people with disabilities, women’s rights and voting rights has left him uniquely prepared to serve on the Michigan Supreme Court, Bagenstos said.

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LGBTQ Ally Vies for Seat on Michigan Supreme Court

Considered by some to be the most important race for the people, the campaign for justice of the Michigan Supreme Court can often be overlooked when the public is particularly focused on the gubernatorial and congressional races. This year, two of the court’s seven seats are up for consideration and following the November election, 25-year strong civil rights attorney Sam Bagenstos is hoping to fill one of them. . . .
“I really do think this is a crucial moment for our state Supreme Court,” he said. “We’re at a crossroads about whether this is a court that can be counted on to fill the gaps created by a conservative dominated federal judiciary or not.”

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Supreme Court candidate visits Houghton

Michigan has a Supreme Court? And we vote for it?

It does, and we do. Bagenstos, who is on the November ballot as a Democratic-endorsed candidate, was in Houghton Saturday to campaign and to talk about the court’s importance to Michiganders.

The state Supreme Court decides issues with everyday impact, Bagenstos said, such as consumer protections, workplace rights or environmental regulations.

Bagenstos said the court has gained a new importance with President Donald Trump’s success in getting large numbers of young, ideological judges into federal posts.

“Really for the next generation, the federal courts aren’t going to be the place that is open to protect basic rights in the way they have been in the past,” he said. “So the state Supreme Court is going to be, over the next 10 to 20 years, a place where you’re going to see a lot of the issues you used to see at the U.S. Supreme Court, whether those are about issues of reproductive justice, issues of equality.”

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Bagenstos: Supreme Court’s “Extremely Regrettable” Janus Decision “Undermines Strong Unions”

Samuel Bagenstos, a candidate for the Michigan Supreme Court, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today in Janus v. AFSCME:

            “Today’s decision in the Janus case is extremely regrettable.  The decision overrules a 40-year-old precedent, disrupts settled arrangements in cities and states across the country, and undermines strong unions.

            “I was proud to file a brief that made the case for the Court to adhere to its longstanding precedent allowing unions to collect fair-share fees from the workers they represent.  Our brief argued that strong and stable unions do not just benefit workers; they also benefit society by promoting the effective delivery of public services.”

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Daily Kos Endorses Samuel Bagenstos for Justice

In their first-ever endorsement of a judicial candidate, the progressive website Daily Kos has endorsed Samuel Bagenstos's campaign to serve as a Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.

"Sam Bagenstos is a nationally respected civil rights lawyer who has won important victories for working people at all levels of the court system -- including the U.S. Supreme Court," said Daily Kos Political Editor and Senior Communications Advisor Carolyn Fiddler. "He will bring greater fairness and needed change to the Michigan Supreme Court."

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Teamsters and AFSCME Endorse Samuel Bagenstos for Justice

Samuel Bagenstos announced today that he has received the endorsements of the Michigan Teamsters Joint Council No. 43 and AFSCME Council 25 in his campaign to serve as a Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.

“I am proud to be endorsed by the Teamsters and AFSCME, two unions with a powerful history of standing up for their members,” Bagenstos said.  “I’m grateful for their confidence, and for the organization and grassroots energy they bring to my campaign.”

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Bagenstos: Supreme Court’s “Deeply Disappointing” Epic Systems Decision “Denies Workers Their Day in Court”

Samuel Bagenstos, a candidate for the Michigan Supreme Court, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today in Epic Systems, Inc. v. Lewis:

            “Today’s decision in the Epic Systems case is deeply disappointing.  The decision denies workers their day in court to challenge violations of their employment rights.

            “I was proud to file a brief in this case on behalf of responsible small businesses.  Our brief argued that, when employers require workers, as a condition of employment, to give up their rights to pursue class actions, the result is to undermine the protection of the entire sweep of workplace rights.  And responsible small businesses, who want to comply with the law, are forced to compete on a tilted playing field.”

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AFT-Michigan Endorses Samuel Bagenstos for Justice

Samuel Bagenstos has received the endorsement of AFT Michigan in his campaign for the Michigan Supreme Court.

AFT Michigan is the 35,000-member state federation of the 1.5-million-member American Federation of Teachers (AFL-CIO).  AFT Michigan represents PreK-12 and ISD teachers and support staff, community college and university faculty, lecturers, administrators and graduate employees, and credit union employees.

"I'm proud to have received the endorsement of AFT Michigan," Bagenstos said.  "This endorsement is especially sweet to me, because both of my parents were teachers.  Throughout my career, I have fought for the rights of working people."

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UAW Endorses Samuel Bagenstos for Justice

“Sam Bagenstos is one of the most respected legal minds in the areas of Civil Rights and Constitutional laws. Michigan has an opportunity to elect a Justice whose legal knowledge is nationally recognized and who will ground the Michigan Supreme Court in solid decision making for working families,” said [UAW President Dennis] Williams.

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Samuel Bagenstos Receives Endorsement of the Michigan Democratic Party

At the Michigan Democratic Party's Endorsement Convention, held on April 15 at Cobo Hall, a historic turnout of 6,700 delegates voted to endorse Samuel Bagenstos for the Michigan Supreme Court.  The turnout was fueled by a surge of over 3,000 new members of the Democratic Party. 

"I'm proud to have received the Democratic Party's endorsement," Bagenstos said.  "The incredible turnout highlights what I've seen as I've traveled the state -- that Michiganders are energized for change this November."

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Michigan AFL-CIO Endorses Samuel Bagenstos for Justice

The Bagenstos for Justice campaign is pleased to announce that Samuel Bagenstos today received the endorsement of the Michigan AFL-CIO in his race for the Michigan Supreme Court.  The AFL-CIO’s endorsement, coming close on the heels of the endorsement Bagenstos received from the Michigan Association for Justice late last month, highlights his campaign’s momentum as we head toward the Democratic Party’s Endorsement Convention on April 15.

“Under the justices that have been appointed by Governor Snyder, Michigan’s Supreme Court has been tilted to favor wealthy special interests over regular working people, and that needs to change,” said Ron Bieber, President of the Michigan AFL-CIO, in announcing the endorsement. “We need to elect Supreme Court candidates this year who will fight to build a justice system in Michigan that is open, fair, and treats everyone equally. Sam [Bagenstos] and Megan [Cavanagh] are both outstanding candidates with impeccable credentials, and our members are committed to electing them to the Supreme Court this November.”

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Samuel Bagenstos Appears on Millennial Politics Podcast

"Sam Bagenstos has spent the past 25 years of his life fighting tirelessly for civil rights. Kicking his career off on a high note, Sam clerked for the recently departed Ninth Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt, who was considered one of the most progressive courts of appeals judges, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“Inspired to become a lawyer by the civil rights movement of the 1960’s,' Sam went on to work with the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. He then divided his time between teaching and practicing law. until returning to the Justice Department under President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to serve as the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights"'

"Throughout his career, Sam has fought in high-profile cases for disabled Americans, voting rights, workers’ rights, and the residents of Flint, Michigan. And now, he is ready to take his work to the next level as a Michigan Supreme Court Justice."

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Michigan Association for Justice Endorses Bagenstos, Cavanagh for Michigan Supreme Court

LANSING— Michigan Association for Justice (MAJ) President Brian J. McKeen today announced the endorsement of Samuel Bagenstos and Megan Cavanagh for Michigan Supreme Court. Bagenstos and Cavanagh are each seeking one of two eight-year seats on the ballot this November.

“MAJ is proud to support two extremely well-qualified candidates who will bring balance back to the Michigan Supreme Court,” McKeen said. “For too long, the Court has been heavily tilted in favor of powerful special interests over the interests of regular people and their families. Sam and Megan get it. They have demonstrated throughout their careers a commitment to a fair and open justice system in Michigan that treats everyone equally.”

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