Brubaker named chief MSC commissioner

Daniel Brubaker is the new chief commissioner of the Michigan Supreme Court.

He’s been an MSC commissioner since 2003, following an 11-year career with Mika, Meyers, Beckett & Jones PLC, in Grand Rapids.

Supreme Court Commissioners are the MSC’s permanent legal staff. They review applications for leave to appeal, and provide research and recommendations to the Court.

While a commissioner, Brubaker’s responsibilities included reviewing other commissioners’ research reports and supervising that office’s extern program. He also served on the Michigan Judicial Institute’s editorial advisory committee on post-conviction proceedings and headed a project to improve handling of motions for relief from judgment in the Supreme Court.

Chief Justice Robert Young, Jr., in a prepared statement, said that Brubaker “meets the exacting standards one must have for this position of highest trust: impeccable legal scholarship and great integrity. In his nine years with the Commissioners’ Office, he has proven not only that he has great legal ability but also that he is an effective administrator – exactly the combination we need.”

Brubaker is a 1992 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.