Cooley Alumni Named to Top Staff Positions at the Michigan Supreme Court
June 19, 2013 — The Michigan Supreme Court has appointed two Cooley Law School graduates to prominent staff positions.
Larry Royster was named Clerk of the Michigan Supreme Court on May 28, 2013. He also serves as the Supreme Court’s Chief of Staff. Formerly, he was Clerk and Research Director for the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Royster began work with the Court of Appeals Prehearing Division in 1985, then served as a law clerk to Court of Appeals Judge Richard Maher. He was supervisor of the Court of Appeals Senior Research Division 1989-1998, Deputy Research Director for the Court of Appeals 1999-2001, and Research Director 2001-2010. In January 2011, he added the position of Chief Clerk for the Court of Appeals to his duties.
Royster is a 1986 graduate of Cooley Law School.
The court named Joseph J. Baumann as its new General Counsel. He previously was counsel to the Michigan House of Representatives majority caucus and deputy legal counsel to the Department of Community Health (DCH).
The Supreme Court’s counsel provides legal advice to the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, and the State Court Administrative Office. He also serves as a liaison to the executive and legislative branches, representing the court on policy and legislative issues. Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. said that Baumann was the unanimous choice of the Court.
From 2006-2010, Baumann was an associate in the public policy and governmental relations division of Dykema Gossett, where he specialized in health care, real property, and energy litigation. He was the 2006 recipient of the Michigan State Police Award for Professional Excellence for the DCH’s Hurricane Katrina response. From 1998-2000, he was legislative assistant to State Rep. Terry Geiger.
Baumann is a 2006 graduate of Cooley Law School.
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