Former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Joins AccessLex Institute Board

AccessLex Institute

WEST CHESTER, PAAccessLex Institute® announced the appointment of Bridget M. McCormack to its board, effective July 1, 2024. McCormack, currently President and CEO of the American Arbitration Association-International Centre for Dispute Resolution® (AAA-ICDR®), brings a wealth of experience to the role.

“Bridget combines experience as a practicing attorney, law professor, chief justice of a state supreme court, accreditor, and executive leader with an action and results-oriented mindset – a perfect fit for the AccessLex Board,” said Christopher P. Chapman, President and CEO of AccessLex Institute. “We look forward to Bridget’s contributions helping the Company to continue to fulfill its mission now and into the future.”

Before leading AAA-ICDR, McCormack served as Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, where she spearheaded significant reforms. Under her leadership, Michigan launched its first online dispute resolution platform and an eviction diversion program, both essential during the COVID-19 pandemic.

McCormack began her career in New York City as a trial attorney at the Legal Aid Society and later at the Office of the Appellate Defender. She also held academic positions at Yale Law School and the University of Michigan Law School. Notably, she co-founded the Michigan Innocence Clinic, the first non-DNA innocence clinic in the U.S., which has exonerated 41 individuals to date.

An esteemed educator at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, McCormack has explored the implications of artificial intelligence in the legal sector and advocated for responsible AI practices. She has chaired the American Bar Association’s Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar and served on key legal education and reform committees.

McCormack has earned numerous accolades for her work, including the Sunshine Award from the Michigan Press Association and the Rebuilding Justice Award for her dedication to legal reform. In 2022, Michigan Lawyers Weekly named her an “Influential Woman in Law.”

A graduate of Trinity College and New York University Law School, where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar, McCormack’s career reflects a commitment to justice, innovation, and education in the legal field.

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