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Board Member Talbot Named Chief Judge

by MOSAIC Editorial Team

The Honorable Michael J. Talbot, a Sacred Heart Board of Trustees member since February 2009, has been named Chief Justice of the Michigan Court of Appeals. On January 1, he suceeded Chief Judge William B. Murphy and will serve the final year of Murphy's two-year term. The Michigan Supreme Court made the appointment of Chief Judge Talbot through an administrative order.

According to the Michigan Court of Appeals website, the appellate court functions as the intermediate court between the state trial courts and the Michigan Supreme Court. The court hears appeals of final order decisions issued by circuit courts and some probate courts. Chief Judge Talbot's duties will be to manage the cases, budget, and employees of the court. He will remain in his current position as the Michigan Court of Claims chief judge until his term expires on May 1.

It is with great joy that the Sacred Heart community receives this news, says Rector Mgr. Todd Lajiness. Judge Talbot can be assured of our prayerful support. We are honored to have him as a member of our board.

Chief Judge Talbot is also a trustee of the Archdiocese of Detroit Endowment Fund and of Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan. He serves as chair of the Archdiocese of Detroit Review Board. Other boards he has served on are those of the Catholic Lawyers Society, St. John's Center for Family and Youth, and the Manresa Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Chief Judge Talbot received his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy Law School and his bachelor's degree from Georgetown University, both Jesuit-run Catholic universities. He credits the courses in theology and philosophy at Georgetown for giving him a moral compass in his personal and professional life and preparing him for active involvement in the Church.

MOSAIC Editorial Team

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