"What we in the judiciary most need is patience,
meekness, compassion, and courage to
'Do Right and Fear Not.'"

Chief Justice Weaver 9/28/00
 
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About Justice Weaver
Retired August 26, 2010

Throughout Justice Elizabeth "Betty" Weaver's over 35 years of experience as a trial and appellate judge (Probate/Juvenile, Court of Appeals, Supreme Court), including 2 years as Chief Justice, she has maintained a proven record based on these major practices:
Exercising Judicial Restraint
Applying Common Sense

A fundamental tenet of her stand for jusitice is to hold wrong-doers accountable and responsible for their actions, while providing opportunities for them to discover and develop their own self-worth and to become law-abiding, productive citizens.

In exercising judicial restraint (interpreting, not making, the law -- judicial self-discipline), Justice Weaver has followed the law as constitutionally passed by the legislature and consistent with the rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court. She has used the responsibility of interpretation, not as a sword to superimpose her own personal views (or those of special interest groups) on the law, but as a shield to protect the constitutional rights of the people and the constitutional acts of the legislative and executive branches.


In November 2002, Justice Weaver won re-election for a second 8-year term on the Michigan Supreme Court.

This site provides information about her experience, credentials, principles, and major initiatives for the State of Michigan.

Check this site often for up-to-date press releases and other information about important work going on in the Supreme Court of Michigan.



 

ELIZABETH A. “BETTY” WEAVER
JUSTICE OF THE MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT

EDUCATION  
  JURIS DOCTORATE
Honor Graduate, Order of Coif, top 10 of class
Tulane Law Review
Tulane University Law School
New Orleans, Louisiana
  BACHELOR OF ARTS
Phi Beta Kappa, Deans List, Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, Mortar Board, French Government Excellence in French Award
Newcomb College
New Orleans, Louisiana
  TEACHER CERTIFICATION Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
 
PROFESSIONAL HISTORY
  JUSTICE
Michigan Supreme Court
Elected November 1994, Re-elected November 2002
JANUARY 1995 – AUGUST 26, 2010
Lansing, Michigan
  CHIEF JUSTICE
Michigan Supreme Court
Elected January 1999
JANUARY 1999 – JANUARY 2001
Lansing, Michigan
  COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE
Michigan Court of Appeals
Elected November 1986, Re-elected November 1992
JANUARY 1987 – JANUARY 1995
Traverse City, Michigan
  TRIAL JUDGE (part-time)
Probate/Juvenile Court
Elected November 1974, Re-elected November 1976 & 1982
Elected to judgeship as effective communicator, experienced attorney, teacher and administrator with proven understanding of young people, knowledge of mental health and probate laws. Concurrent private law practice in Glen Arbor, Michigan
JANUARY 1975 – JANUARY 1987
Leelanau County, Michigan
  ATTORNEY AT LAW
Private Practice
1965 – 1986 Louisiana & Michigan
  DEAN OF GIRLS SCHOOL AND FRENCH TEACHER
Leelanau School
Glen Arbor, Michigan
  ELEMENTARY TEACHER
Glen Lake Community School
Maple City, Michigan
  INSTRUCTOR, OFF CAMPUS EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
Central Michigan University
Originated and taught college course entitled What Everyone Should Know about the Law
Traverse City, Michigan
  ATTORNEY AT LAW — TITLE SPECIALIST
Chevron Oil Company
New Orleans, Louisiana
  LAW CLERK
Civil District Court
New Orleans, Louisiana
 
APPOINTMENTS, COMMITTEES AND ASSOCIATIONS
  BY GOVERNOR GRANHOLM
Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice
Chairperson, Taskforce for Children’s Justice on Child Abuse and Neglect
  BY GOVERNOR ENGLER
Chairperson, Trial Court Assessment Commission
Chairperson, Taskforce for Children’s Justice on Child Abuse and Neglect
Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice
  BY GOVERNOR BLANCHARD
Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice
  BY GOVERNOR MILLIKEN
Michigan Commission on Criminal Justice
Michigan Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice
  BY MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE RILEY
Probate Juvenile Court Benchbook Steering Committee
  BY MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT JUSTICE WILLIAMS
Special Ad Hoc Committee regarding part-time probate judges
  BY MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT JUSTICE COLEMAN
Judicial Coordination Council for Michigan Supreme Court
  BY MICHIGAN COURT OF APPEALS CHIEF JUDGE DANHOF
Supreme Court, Court of Appeals Steering Committee
 
COMMITTEES AND ASSOCIATIONS
  Michigan Supreme Court Education Advisory Committee for Probate and Juvenile Judges
Chairperson, Michigan State Bar Juvenile Law Committee
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE
  • Zonta International
• Steering Committee, Grand Traverse/Leelanau Commission on Youth
• Glen Arbor Township Zoning Board, Glen Arbor, Michigan
• Chamber Arts North, Leelanau County
• Traverse Bay Area Traffic & Safety Committee
• Church activities: Second Reader, Committee memberships, Board Chairman, Sunday School teacher
• Arnell Engstrom Children's Center, Citizen's Advisory Council
• Pathfinder School Treaty Law Demonstration Project, Community Advisory Committee
• Grand Traverse/Leelanau Mental Health Foundation
• Trustee, Clothes for Kids of America, Inc.
• Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation
 
HONORS
  • Inducted into Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, October 25, 2005
• Selected as one of thirty in nation to attend Institute of Judicial Administration Appellate Judges Seminar, New York University School of Law, New York City
• Selected as one of five outstanding young women in Michigan by Michigan Jaycees
• Selected as one of thirty outstanding women in Michigan by the Michigan Women's Commission
• People Magazine, featured for position on juvenile justice
• Good Morning, America, national television guest appearance regarding position on juvenile justice
• Delta Kappa Gamma (International Teachers Honorary Society), honorary member
• Police Officers Association of Michigan, Jurist of the Year, 1999
• Eagle Award, Warren Easton, Hall of Fame, Inducted 1999
• Michigan Champions in Childhood Injury Prevention B Lifetime Dedication to Children Award, Jan. 2000
• Governor Engler and Family Independence Agency recognition award for outstanding service to the children and families of Michigan, August 2000
• Newcomb College Alumna of the Year, (part of Tulane University) 2005
 
 


"What we in the judiciary most need is patience, meekness, compassion, and courage to 'Do Right and Fear Not.'"

Chief Justice Weaver
State of the Judiciary

"She is bringing a fresh, dedicated, incisive mind to the Michigan Supreme Court."
Judge Myron Wahls
Court of Appeals

"I know Betty Weaver. She threw me in jail....But I would vote for her, because she...straightened me out, and the sentence was just."
Former convicted juvenile offender

"Your judicial experience...was outstanding. Your leadership abilities...have been impressive. There is sound reasoning for my full confidence in you as a justice."
Mary S. Coleman
Chief Justice 1978-82

Judge Weaver has been recognized in many ways for her public service, including selection as one of five outstanding young women in Michigan by the Michigan Jaycees. It is a pleasure for myself to recognize Judge Weaver as a capable and devoted public servant.
G. Mennen Williams
Chief Justice 1982-86

 
     

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