Michigan Justice Mary Beth Kelly leaving court for private practice

Kelly was elected to Supreme Court in 2010


DETROIT – After four and 1/2 years of service on the Michigan Supreme Court, Justice Mary Beth Kelly will be leaving for a job at a law firm in Detroit.

Kelly, 53, will become vice chair of the Bodman PLC's litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice group, according to Monday morning release from the firm. She will leave the court on Oct. 1.

"It's an exciting time to reenter private practice, particularly at a firm like Bodman where the culture and service philosophy fit me perfectly," said Kelly in a news release. "During my years on the bench, I feel that I have achieved all of the public service objectives I set out to achieve when I first became a judge. My work at Bodman will allow me not only to enter a new phase in my career but will also open many community service opportunities that I could not pursue as a Supreme Court justice."

Kelly won election to an eight-year term in 2010. GOP Gov. Rick Snyder will name her successor, who will serve through next year but could run in November 2016 to finish the remainder of Kelly's term through 2018.

Before her election to the court in November 2010, Kelly served as a judge on the Wayne County Circuit Court from 1999-2010 and worked as a lawyer and commercial litigation partner in the law firm Dickinson Wright in Detroit from 1987-1999.