MSU College of Law

MSU Law Alumna Elizabeth Clement to join the Michigan Supreme Court


EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN – Michigan State University College of Law congratulates alumna Elizabeth Clement, ’02, on her appointment to the Michigan Supreme Court. Governor Rick Snyder made the announcement that she will join the state’s highest court on Friday, November 17, 2017. 

“Clement joins the ranks of MSU Law graduates who have served with distinction at every level of the state judiciary,” said Dean Lawrence Ponoroff.

Clement has worked for Snyder administration since he took office in 2011. Initially, she worked in the executive office as deputy legal counsel, and then she rose to deputy chief of staff in 2014. One year later, Clement became cabinet secretary in addition to her role as deputy chief of staff.

As legal counsel, she specialized in issues including emergency management, criminal justice, judicial appointments, labor and public safety. In addition to her roles in the Snyder administration, Clement has a distinguished career in Michigan politics. She previously worked in the Senate Majority Policy Office and as legal counsel in the Senate.

Clement also holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Michigan State University. Her husband, Thomas Clement, is a fellow graduate of MSU Law, and he became general counsel to the Michigan Supreme Court in May 2016.

(Photo: Governor's Office)