Clifford W. Taylor

Visiting Professor (Spring Semester)



  • BA from the University of Michigan, 1964
  • JD from George Washington University School of Law, 1967

Areas of Expertise

  • Litigation Practice
  • Appellate Practice

Professional Experience

Active Duty Officer in the US Navy Reserve, 1968-1971
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Ingham County, Michigan, 1971-1972
Partner in law firm of Denfield, Timmer and Taylor in Lansing, Michigan 1972-1992
Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals 1992-1997
Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court 1997-2004
Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court 2005-2009

Honors and Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the State bar of Michigan’s Character and Fitness Committee 1980-1986
  • Member and President of the State of Michigan Board of Law Examiners 1986-1992
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the George Mason University Law School’s Law and Economic Center 2005-2009
  • Member of the Board of the Board of Directors of the National Conference of Chief Justices 2006-2007

Key Works

  • Publications
    • Many published opinions on the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court
    • Published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Texas Review of Law and Politics, Michigan State University Law School Law Review
    • Co-author of a three volume Practice Guide to Michigan Torts, 1998
  • Presentations
    • Numerous speeches to Michigan’s Judges, Michigan’s law schools, the Michigan Legislature and law related organizations across the country during and following my tenure as an appellate judge in Michigan
Staff Information
Campus Address
1025 Commons Circle Naples, Florida 34119
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