Sam Bagenstos is:
“The most qualified candidate to seek a seat on the court in recent memory.”
“A seasoned appellate lawyer with an impressive record in civil rights enforcement”
“Bagenstos' experience in civil rights enforcement suggests that he will be less reflexively dismissive of litigants seeking redress from bad actors in government and private industry.”
Hear about Sam Bagenstos from some of the leaders and organizations
who have endorsed him for Michigan’s Supreme Court
Michigan Democratic Party
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."
“After careful screening UAW members believe that Megan Cavanagh and Sam Bagenstos will judge with integrity and sensitivity to the working men and women of Michigan,” said Dennis Williams President of the UAW.
Bagenstos is a nationally respected litigator of civil rights cases.
A Harvard Law School graduate, Bagenstos clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, served as the number 2 official in the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights division under President Barack Obama and is a Professor at the University of Michigan Law School specializing in Constitutional and Civil Rights.
“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 Williams.
“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: 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 is an "outstanding candidate with impeccable credentials."
Michigan Association for Justice
"MAJ is proud to support two extremely well-qualified candidates who will bring balance back to the Michigan Supreme Court. 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."
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan
“Sam Bagenstos is a steadfast defender of women’s rights. He has fought for equal pay and access to women’s health services. He fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court for Peggy Young, a UPS delivery driver who was sent home on unpaid leave because she was pregnant. His victory in that case helped establish that no woman should have to choose between a job and a healthy pregnancy.”
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, and 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.
"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."
Equality Michigan Pride PAC
“It’s no secret that our rights are at risk. But for over 25 years, Sam has been there for the LGBT community. It’s going to be crucial to have his wisdom on the Michigan Supreme Court.”
Michigan Education Association
“Sam Bagenstos has dedicated his career to the legal defense of civil rights and workers’ rights that our union holds dear.”
Southpaw Michigan PAC
“Samuel Bagenstos fought for our rights in the Obama administration, and with Eric Holder. His service shows a deep commitment to winning victories for voting rights, women’s rights, and the victims of Flint’s Water Crisis.”
American Arab & Muslim Political Action Committee
Women Lawyers Assoc. of Michigan
Endorsed with an “Outstanding” rating.
Fannie Lou Hamer PAC
Assembly PAC, Michigan’s Progressive Arab American political action committee
Michigan League of Conservation Voters
American Federation of Teachers Michigan
Lansing City Pulse
Endorses: “renowned civil rights attorney Sam Bagenstos”
Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters
Michigan AFSCME Council 25
Michigan Teamsters Joint Council #43
SEIU Michigan State Council
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Michigan
Michigan State Employees Association
Michigan State Utility Workers Council
Michigan Nurses Association
Michigan Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union
Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council
UA Local 636, Steamfitter, Pipefitter, HVAC, R
UA 174, West Michigan Plumbers, Fitters and Service Trades
Laborers’ Local Union 1191
United Steelworkers, District 2
Iron Workers Local 25
Iron Workers Local 8
Grand Rapids United Progressives
Cannabis Caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party
MI List -- MI Good Guys
“With Donald Trump’s appointees taking over the federal courts, we can expect those courts to roll back protections of basic civil and constitutional rights. The state courts will be called on to step in and fill the gap. Sam Bagenstos has spent a career fighting for our basic rights.”
Fems for Dems
Progressive Women's Alliance of Western Michigan PAC