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

Samuel Bagenstos, Democratic nominee for Michigan Supreme Court, has received the endorsement of former Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Sam served as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the United States Department of Justice under Attorney General Holder and Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez. During his time at the Justice Department, Sam worked to rebuild civil rights enforcement following the Bush years.

“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.”

“I’m honored to have Attorney General Holder’s support,” said Bagenstos. “I’m proud of the work we did together in the Obama Administration to fight against voter suppression, take on hate crimes and police misconduct, expand community-based services for people with mental illness, and fight for civil rights across the board.”

Samuel Bagenstos is a civil rights attorney and Democratic nominee for Michigan Supreme Court. Sam is the Frank G. Millard Professor of Law at the University of Michigan and a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He has argued four cases in the United States Supreme Court, winning three of them.  Sam lives in Ann Arbor with his wife -- civil rights lawyer Margo Schlanger -- and their two children.


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