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Marilyn Kelly

Marilyn Kelly, state supreme court justice. Named one of Michigan's 95 Most Powerful Women, Corp! magazine; recipient Distinguished Service award, Michigan Education Association, Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities award, State of Israel Bonds Attorney Division, 2003, Michael Frank award, State Bar Michigan, 2003.


  • Kelly, Marilyn was born on April 15, 1938.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, 1960. Master of Arts, Middlebury College, Vermont, 1961. Juris Doctor with honors, Wayne State University, Detroit, 1971.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), Eastern Michigan University. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Michigan State University.


    • Teacher French language and literature Grosse Pointe Public Schools, Albion College, Eastern Michigan University. Member Michigan State Board Education, 1964, president. Associate Dykema, Gossett, Spencer, Goodnow & Trigg, Detroit, 1973—1978.

      Partner Dudley, Patterson, Maxwell, Smith & Kelly, Bloomfield Hills, 1980—1988. Judge Michigan Court of Appeals, 1988—1996. Associate justice Michigan Supreme Court, 1996—2009, since 2011, chief justice, 2009—2011.

      Member board advisors Wayne State University Law School. Member State Attorney Discipline Board. Member State Bar Representative Assembly State Bar Michigan, member family law council.

      Co-chair Open Justice Commission, 1999—2003. Member governing board National Consortium for Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts.


    • Editor: Michigan Family Law.


    Board member Channel 56-Public television, Detroit, Women's Survival Center, Pontiac. Board vice president Detroit Institute of Technology. Member development committee St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Pontiac.

    Member advisory committee Detroit Public Schools, Wayne County Community College, Oakland County Community College. Fellow: Michigan State Bar Foundation. Member: Women's Lawyers' Association Michigan (president), Women's Bar Association, American Arbitration Association (arbitrator), Oakland County Bar Association (chair family law committee, committee co-chair President's task force on improved dispute resolution).


    • Married Donald Newman.
    • spouse: Donald Newman.
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    Born April 15, 1938