DETROIT, Michigan – Declaring that women must continue to fight for equality in today’s society, noted attorney Joumana Kayrouz announced she is endorsing three women for seats on the Michigan Supreme Court in the Nov. 6 election.
Kayrouz also donated 30 billboards from here vast array of marketing billboards to the three candidates, University of Michigan Law Professor Bridget Mary McCormack, 3rd Circuit Judge Connie Kelley and 46th District Chief Judge Pro Tem Shelia Johnson.
“These three experienced and highly qualified members of our judicial and legal system are proven champions of the rights of families and children throughout their careers,” Kayrouz said in announcing her support and donation.
“Their legal knowledge is broad based and will bring strength and consistency to the Michigan Supreme Court. Additionally, running together as a team, Law Professor Mary McCormack, Judge Connie Kelley and Judge Shelia Johnson will strengthen the role of women not only in our judicial system but in our society. They are role models whose election will lead the way forward for many young people in this state.”
All three candidates have received strong endorsements from the media and political organizations and professional law associations.
Kayrouz said the billboards promoting all three candidates went up this past week to help raise public awareness of the important Michigan Supreme Court race.
“Too often in past elections, the voter turnout for judicial races has been low, yet these offices are among the most important that voters can decide,” Kayrouz said.
“I am hoping the billboards will raise awareness and result in more voters participating in the selection process at the polls on Nov. 6.”
The 30 billboards, Kayrouz said, will help the candidates reach more than 3 million more people each day.
Bridget Mary McCormack is a veteran litigator, legal scholar and educator. A law professor and Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Michigan Law School, she is responsible for clinical legal education – where students solve real problems for real people under the close supervision of faculty.
Kelley practiced law for 27 years representing victims of illegal discrimination before she was elected to the Wayne County Circuit Court as a family law judge in 2008 in the 3rd Circuit District.
Judge Johnson has worked as both a trial judge in the 46th District for more than 9 years, serving 8 years as Chief Judge Pro Tem, and in private practice defending the rights of people in the community.
Ms. Kayrouz is the owner of the Michigan Center for Personal Injury and the Law Offices of Joumana Kayrouz. As one of the most recognized attorneys in Michigan, and only woman attorney to own a major personal-injury law firm in Michigan, Ms. Kayrouz has served as a pioneer in her field, as she has effectively broken down barriers to reach out to those in need of her services, thus growing an immensely successful enterprise.
Kayrouz has received many recognitions for her community leadership and professional achievements as a lawyer. She was named a “Top Lawyer of the Year” for 2012 by members of the Michigan Legal Industry. Ms. Kayrouz also received the prestigious 2012 American Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) “Economic Bridge Builder of the Year Award” at their 20th Annual Banquet celebration. In 2010 Ms. Kayrouz received the Trailblazer Award from the Lebanese American Club of Michigan (LACOM) during their 15th Annual dinner for her achievements in the legal field.