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Michigan Supreme Court establishes diversity commission

The Michigan Supreme Court is creating a new commission to address diversity, equity, and inclusion within the judiciary.

The two-dozen member commission is a long-term step to make the judiciary more representative of the state’s population.

State Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Welch says it builds upon the work of a committee formed a year ago with a similar goal in mind. “It really was a fantastic cross section and I just commend them on their commitment. And I’m just really proud of the people from across the state who are working hard on these issues,” says Welch.

Membership on the commission comes from a mixture of the Supreme Court, lower courts, and other commissions and associations.

It can recommend actions. But the court will have to approve any rule changes.