Griffin Policy Forum
November 20, 2003
Park Library Auditorium
7:30 to 9 p.m.

Discussion Topics

  • Has the intrusion of massive quantities of campaign cash compromised the integrity of Michigan’s judiciary?
  • Should judges be appointed rather than elected?
  • Has the current Michigan Supreme Court unnecessarily uprooted decades of judicial tradition?
  • Is the consolidation and “streamlining” of Michigan’s judicial districts, especially in the northern part of the state, diminishing the quality of justice?


  • The Honorable James Alexander, Judge, Oakland County Circuit Court
  • Bill Ballenger, Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government, Central Michigan University; Editor, Inside Michigan Politics
  • The Honorable Robert Danhof, Former Chief Judge, Michigan Court of Appeals; Delegate, 1961-62 Michigan Constitutional Convention
  • Kimberly M. Cahill, Co-chair, Committee on Judicial Qualifications, State Bar Association of Michigan
  • Hugh B. Clarke, Jr., Attorney, Hugh B. Clarke Jr. & Associates; Member, Lansing Board of Education
  • The Honorable Joseph Swallow, Chief Judge, Alpena County Circuit Court


Tim Skubick, Senior Capitol Correspondent, WKAR; Anchor & Producer, WKAR's Off the Record

Event Sponsors

The Griffin Policy Forums are hosted twice yearly by the Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government, the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Department of Political Science at Central Michigan University.

About the Griffin Endowed Chair

The Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government at Central Michigan University was established through generous gifts from alumni, faculty and friends of the university. It provides continuing support to fund the salary and associated costs of a government and public policy expert to serve as a faculty member in the Political Science department and to host twice yearly forums addressing public policy issues.

The endowment is named to recognize the significant public service and contributions of distinguished CMU alumni Robert P. and Marjorie Griffin. Robert Griffin, '47, is a former U.S. Senator, and his wife, Marjorie, '44, is a former Clarke Historical Library board member.