Clifford W. Taylor

Visiting Professor (Spring Semester)


  • J.D. at George Washington University
  • B.A. at University of Michigan

Areas of Expertise

  • Judicial Process, High Court Selection, Supreme Court Cases

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


  • 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


  • 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
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