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rooms throughout                                                                           Kelly
In over 100 trials
he has sought
justice for
Michigan citizens.
More than four
dozen appeals in
State and Federal
Courts.                                                                                            4th District
                                      The Committee to Elect Michael J. Kelly

                                                                                          Michigan Court
                                                                                            of Appeals
                                      Traverse City MI 49685
                                      P.O. Box PO Box 4128

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Authorized and paid for by the                                                              August 5, 2008 (primary) and
Committee to Elect Michael J. Kelly
                                                                                         November 4, 2008 (general election)
 The Michigan
 Court of Appeals and

Michael J. Kelly
                                                                                                                                                      Lifelong Michigan resident • Married to
                                                                                                                                                      Jamie A. Kelly

      What is the Court of Appeals?                            of Appeals’ judges and at least two of the three                                       Michigan State University • Detroit College
      Created in 1963 under the Michigan State Con-            judges must agree on the ruling. The panels are                                        of law, Juris Doctorate • Regents College,
 stitution, the Court of Appeals is an “intermediate”          frequently rotated so that a variety of judicial opin-                                 London Law Programme, London, England
 appellate court between the Supreme Court and the             ions are considered. The decision of the panel is                                      • University of Michigan – B.A.
 Michigan trial courts. Final decisions resulting from         final except for those cases that the Supreme Court
 a circuit or probate court hearing may be appealed            reviews.
 to the Court of Appeals. Every party has a right to                                                                                                  Experience
 file an appeal to the Michigan Court of Appeals.                   Where are the Court of Appeals                                                     In 1990, after serving as a research lawyer
 Several thousand cases are resolved each year by              hearings held?                                                                         for a circuit court judge, Kelly began private
 the Court.                                                        The Court sits in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lan-                                      practice as an associate for a prominent
                                                                                                                                                      lawyer whose practice included several
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                                                                                                                                                      high profile cases. In 1994 he formed his
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                                            Hearings are     that includes over four dozen appeals in the Michi-                                      Bar Association • Leelanau County Bar
                                             held before     gan Court of Appeals, Supreme Court and Federal                                          Association • Grand Traverse County
                                             a panel of      Courts, makes Michael J. Kelly the right choice for                                      Bar Association • Antrim County Bar
                                            three Court      the Court of Appeals.                                                                    Association • Incorporated Society of
                                                                                                                                                      Irish American Lawyers • Executive Board
                                                                                                                                                      Member Michigan Association for Justice
                                                                                                                                                      • The Flint Trial Lawyers Association •
                                                                                                                                                      Past President of Parish Counsel of St.
                                                IMPORTANT                                                                                             Matthew’s Catholic Church • Knights of
                        Remember to turn your ballot to the judicial races. If you vote a
                           “straight ticket” alone, you have not voted for judges.

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