By: Chris Faulknor, Publisher
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) recently appointed Judge David Viviano to the Michigan Supreme Court.
This appointment comes after Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway resigned after pleading guilty to felony bank fraud.
“Judge Viviano has a distinguished record of judicial integrity and innovation,” Snyder said. “His deep respect for the judicial branch of government and his commitment to the rule of law will serve Michigan well. I have every confidence that he will be a compassionate, principled justice. He is an outstanding addition to the Michigan Supreme Court.
Republican leaders agreed with Snyder in this assessment.
“Judge David Viviano is a strong addition to the Michigan Supreme Court and we applaud Gov. Rick Snyder for appointing such a respected member of the judiciary,” said MI GOP Chairman Bobby Schostak in a written statement. “Judge Viviano has demonstrated he is a compassionate leader, who understands the rule of law and the proper role of the Court.”
Viviano earned his Bachelors Degree from Hillsdale College and his JD from the University of Michigan Law School. He has served in municipal law as a city attorney, and managed Viviano & Viviano, PLLC.
Viviano’s most recent position was that of Chief Judge of the 16th Circuit Court in Macomb County.
“I am committed to the rule of law,” said Viviano. “I do believe in the separation of powers. I believe it’s the judge’s role to fairly interpret the law and to defer to the policy choices that were made by the legislature.”
Viviano is married with two children, and a member of the bar in both Michigan and Illinois.