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."
Bagenstos is a University of Michigan law professor and a civil rights lawyer. During the Obama Administration, he served as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights under Attorney General Holder. Early in his career, he clerked for Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court of the United States.
Bagenstos has litigated on behalf of the residents of Flint -- where he won a crucial decision keeping the courthouse doors open for those seeking accountability for the Flint Water Crisis. He has also argued four cases in the Supreme Court of the United States, including Young v. United Parcel Service, which established important protections against discrimination for pregnant women.
Bagenstos will appear on the November 6 ballot, in the "Nonpartisan Section." He has been campaigning across the state since February.