JUSTICE JOAN for Michigan Supreme Court.

Meet Justice Joan


Justice Joan L. Larsen is the 111th Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.  She was appointed to the Court on September 30, 2015.

Before assuming office, Justice Larsen served on the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School where she was also special counsel to the Dean. An award-winning legal scholar, Justice Larsen taught for more than a decade at the University of Michigan where she received the L. Hart Wright Award for Excellence in Teaching.  She continues to assist the law school as the adviser to the Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition.

Justice Larsen graduated first in her class from Northwestern University School of Law, where she served as articles editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. At Northwestern, she earned the John Paul Stevens Award for Academic Excellence, the Lowden-Wigmore Prize for the best student note published in the Law Review, and the Raoul Berger Prize for the best senior research paper.

After graduation, Justice Larsen clerked for the Hon. David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Following her clerkships, she joined the nationally-recognized law firm of Sidley & Austin, where she was a member of the Constitutional, Criminal, and Civil Litigation section.  She later served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice.

While at the University of Michigan Law School, Justice Larsen’s research and teaching interests included constitutional law, criminal procedure, statutory interpretation and presidential power.

Justice Larsen is married to Adam Pritchard, a law professor at University of Michigan Law School.

They live in Scio Township with their two school-aged children.