Samuel Bagenstos Announces Run For Michigan Supreme Court


Samuel Bagenstos, a University of Michigan law professor who served as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, today announced that he is running for the Michigan Supreme Court.

"Courts are the last line of defense for our rights, and the Michigan Supreme Court plays a key role in determining our rights as workers, consumers, citizens, and voters," Bagenstos said. "I believe in independent courts that stand up to anyone—no matter how powerful—who violates the law. I have spent my career fighting for civil rights and workers' rights."

A longtime civil rights lawyer, Bagenstos has argued cases in courts across the country, including four cases in the United States Supreme Court. He recently argued and won a case in the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Flint residents suing for harms experienced during the Flint Water Crisis.

Bagenstos's U.S. Supreme Court victory in Young v. United Parcel Service established important new protections for pregnant workers. And his U.S. Supreme Court victory in the case of Ehlena Fry, a Michigan girl with cerebral palsy denied the use of her service dog in school, opened the courthouse door to children with disabilities and their families. Bagenstos has also strongly defended the right to vote, most recently in an Ohio case now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Four of the Michigan Supreme Court's seven justices were appointed by Governor Snyder. Two of Snyder's recent appointees will stand for election for the first time this November. Bagenstos is running for one of the two positions.

"I sense a strong desire for change across the State of Michigan, and an increasing understanding of the important role played by courts. I look forward to traveling across the state to make the case for independent courts that protect your rights," Bagenstos said.

Early in his career, Bagenstos served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court.  He is married to University of Michigan law professor Margo Schlanger.  They live with their two teenage children in Ann Arbor.

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