May 16, 2017: Judge Kurtis T. Wilder of the Michigan Court of Appeals was appointed on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, to the Michigan State Supreme Court by Gov. Rick Snyder. Wilder, of Canton, fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Robert P. Young. “Judge Wilder has long demonstrated his keen intellect, his ability to navigate complex legal issues and his aptitude for forming consensus on the court,” Snyder said. “As a veteran judge of more than two decades, Judge Wilder is committed to the rule of law and the proper role of the judiciary. He is a superb addition to our highest court and I am certain he will continue the Michigan Supreme Court’s reputation of excellence.” Before being appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals, Wilder was the Chief Judge of the Washtenaw County Circuit Court. Before he took the bench, Wilder was in private practice at prominent Michigan law firms Foster, Swift, Collins and Smith P.C. in Lansing, and Butzel Long P.C. in Detroit. He received his law and undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan.