“Marygrove is truly proud to call Maura part of its family,” said Dr. David J. Fike, Marygrove’s president. “She is a remarkable woman who, by her tireless work and advocacy for Michigan’s citizens and especially its young people, embodies our vision of what it means to be an urban leader."
Ms. Corrigan recently made the noteworthy decision to resign from the Supreme Court for the State of Michigan, where she has served with distinction since 1999 (including four years as Chief Justice) to become the Director of the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS). In her new role, in addition to serving at the senior cabinet level for the new Governor, former Justice Corrigan will serve as the group executive for the "People" group, which includes the departments of Human Services, Community Health, Civil Rights and Education.
Throughout her career, largely within a legal profession dominated by men, Ms. Corrigan has earned the honor of being the first woman in several key positions. She was the first woman to serve as Chief Assistant United States Attorney and the first woman to serve as Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals. She was elected to the Michigan Supreme Court in 1998 for an eight-year term. In January 2001, she was elected by her colleagues to a two-year term as Chief Justice, then in 2003, re-elected to serve in that position through 2004.
Ms. Corrigan served as a law clerk to Judge John Gillis of the Michigan Court of Appeals. She worked as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Wayne County from 1974 to 1979. In 1979, she became Chief of Appeals in the United States Attorney’s Office in Detroit and she was promoted seven years later to Chief Assistant United States Attorney. In 1989, she became a partner in the law firm of Plunkett & Cooney, and within three years, Governor John Engler appointed her to the Michigan Court of Appeals, where she was elected to successive terms in 1992 and 1994. After she received the nomination of the judges of the Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court appointed her Chief Judge of that court in 1997. She served two years as Chief Judge before her election to the Supreme Court.
Ms. Corrigan has given her time to many community and professional activities. She has served as vice-president of the Conference of Chief Justices, the chair of the Conference of Chief Justices Problem Solving Courts committee, a faculty member of the American Inns of Court, and a member of the Pew Commission, which investigates foster care issues in the U.S. She is a past president of both the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers and the Detroit Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. She also has served on the board of Boysville of Michigan.