Judges need a good home

March 6, 2009
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Dear Editor,

I am writing on behalf of the Michigan Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, as one of its officers. The American Board of Trial Lawyers is an honorary organization of trial lawyers. Our membership is equally divided between those representing plaintiffs in civil matters and those representing large corporations and insurance companies. Michigan’s Chapter of ABOTA opposes the proposed closure of community offices for our Supreme Court justices.

We do not believe that there will be any significant benefit to Michigan taxpayers. The majority of office space occupied by our Supreme Court justices is state-owned. In all probability, another state agency will occupy these offices if the Supreme Court justices are forced to vacate.

Supreme Court justices spend less than 20 percent of their time in Lansing. Three of the justices travel a minimum of 200 miles round trip, one justice travels approximately 400 miles round trip.

Our Supreme Court justices should not be working with their law clerks at their kitchen tables. Our state and its citizens deserve better.

William F. Mills
Michigan ABOTA Chapter

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