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Friday, November 25, 2022

Kyra Harris Bolden Becomes 1st Black Woman Judge to Serve on Michigan Supreme Court

Kyra Harris Bolden

Nationwide — Kyra Harris Bolden has been appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court, making history as the first Black woman to serve on the state’s high court.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has chosen Bolden, whom she described Bolden as “passionate about the law, to fill a seat on the Michigan Supreme Court.

“She will bring a unique perspective to our high court as a Black woman — and as a new, working mom — that has too long been left out,” Whitmer said, according to the Detroit News. “Kyra is committed to fighting for justice for generations, and I know she will serve Michigan admirably, building a brighter future for her newborn daughter and all our kids.”

Bolden, who is 34 years old, is the first Black woman and the youngest member of the Michigan Supreme Court.

Prior to that, Bolden has been a member of the Michigan House since 2018. She also previously served as a judicial clerk for Judge John A. Murphy in Wayne County and later practiced civil litigation at Lewis & Munday.

Bolden’s appointment comes after she lost a campaign for one of the two open seats on the Michigan Supreme Court in the November 8 election. Bolden was chosen to replace retiring former Chief Justice Bridget McCormack. She will join the court at the start of 2023 and serve a partial term that will end on January 1, 2025.

“I am incredibly honored to be chosen by Gov. Whitmer for this appointment to the Michigan Supreme Court,” Bolden said. “I will ensure equal access to justice, apply the law without fear or favor, and treat all who come before our state’s highest court with dignity and respect.”