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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Samuel Bagenstos Endorsed by #VOTEPROCHOICE

Samuel Bagenstos has received the endorsement of #VOTEPROCHOICE, an organization that mobilizes voters who support access to essential health care services like birth control and safe, legal, and affordable abortion.  In 2017, #VOTEPROCHOICE endorsed 60 candidates, sent out over 3 million #VOTEPROCHOICE Voter Guides, texted with over 200,000 voters to help turn out the prochoice vote in elections from school board to statewide judicial races. Sixty percent of their endorsed candidates were elected.

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ThinkProgress: "One of America’s top civil rights lawyers launches bid for state supreme court"

"Sam Bagenstos has the kind of credentials that could have made him a very rich man. Harvard Law School. A high-level appointment in the Obama Justice Department. A clerkship for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. An endowed chair at one of America’s elite law schools.

"Instead, he’s spent the bulk of his career litigating civil rights cases.

"Bagenstos tells me he was 'inspired to become a lawyer by the civil rights movement of the 1960s.' He cut his teeth as a lawyer with the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division shortly after the Americans with Disabilities Act became law, and has spent the last several decades becoming one of America’s leading experts on the rights of the disabled. He returned to the Civil Rights Division as its #2 official during the early years of the Obama administration. And he’s now fighting on behalf of the many residents of Flint, Michigan poisoned by inept leaders and lead-laden water."

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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."

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