Michigan Court of Appeals judge Brian Zahra was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to replace Maura Corrigan on the Michigan Supreme Court.
In a statement, Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr. said Zahra is an excellent choice.
“I have known Justice Zahra almost since he began practicing law. He has had a remarkable career as a lawyer and as a judge; he is widely recognized as one of the state’s top jurists,” Young said. “I believe that this Court has adopted more of his decisions than those of any other sitting lower court judge.
“Justice Zahra will bring not only his considerable intellect but also his experience as a judge at all levels of our system. As a jurist committed to following the rule of law, he is a worthy successor to my dear friend Justice Corrigan, who is departing to take on the challenge of protecting Michigan’s abused and neglected children.”
Snyder’s pick follows through on a promise the new governor made to select a “rule of law” justice to replace Corrigan, said Robert S. LaBrant, senior vice president of political action and general counsel for Michigan Chamber of Commerce.
“His record as a Michigan Court of Appeals judge shows that he is a rule of law judge,” LaBrant said. LaBrant added that Zahra’s track record of winning elections – twice since his appointment to Court of Appeals in 1999 – makes him a “solid appointment” who can win when he has to run for re-election in 2012 and 2014.
Snyder didn’t name Zahra’s successor in the Court of Appeals at the press conference.
Carol Lundberg and Brian Frasier collaborated on this post.