About Justice Markman

Stephen Markman was appointed Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court on October 1, 1999. Before his appointment, he served as Judge on the Michigan Court of Appeals from 1995-1999. Prior to this, he practiced law with the firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone in Detroit. From 1989-93, he served as United States Attorney in Michigan, after having been nominated by President George H. W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate. Justice Markman served from 1985-1989 as Assistant Attorney General of the United States after having been nominated by President Ronald Reagan and confirmed by the United States Senate. In that position, he headed the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy, which served as the principal policy development office within the Department, and which coordinated the federal judicial selection process. Prior to this, he served for seven years as Chief Counsel of the United States Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution and as Deputy Chief Counsel of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee.

Justice Markman has authored articles for such publications as the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, the Detroit College of Law Review, the Stanford Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the American Criminal Justice Law Review, the Barrister’s Law Journal, the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, the American University Law Review, the Suffolk University Law Review, and the Washington & Lee Law Review. He has also served as a contributing editor of National Review magazine, and has authored chapters in such books as “In the Name of Justice:  The Aims of the Criminal Law,”  “Still the Law of the Land,” and “Originalism: A Quarter Century of Debate.”

Justice Markman with his wife Mary Kathleen and two sons, James and Charles.

Justice Markman has taught constitutional law at Hillsdale College since 1993. He has travelled to Ukraine on two occasions on behalf of the State Department and the American Bar Association, to provide assistance in the development of that nation’s post-Soviet constitution. He is a Fellow of the Michigan Bar Foundation, a Master of the Bench of the Inns of Court, and a member of the One Hundred Club. He has spoken before hundreds of youth, civic, charitable, and legal groups throughout Michigan and nationally, and has coached Little League baseball and basketball. He lives with his wife Mary Kathleen in Mason, and has two college-age sons, James and Charles.


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