Maura Corrigan is counsel at Butzel Long in Detroit, Michigan, where she handles litigation and appeals. Her distinguished legal career includes high-level leadership roles serving as chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court and also as First Assistant U.S. attorney for Detroit.
Prior to her work at Butzel Long, Justice Corrigan was a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where she studied and evaluated programs related to child welfare, child support, food assistance, and disabilities. In addition to her research and writing, she worked with human services officials and leaders at the state level to make them aware of the latest Federal policy developments and reform ideas relevant to social welfare policy. She also helped to educate Federal policymakers about promising state-level social services innovations.
Before joining AEI, Justice Corrigan served as director of the Michigan Department of Human Services, where she oversaw public assistance programs for low-income and vulnerable families and children in Michigan. These programs included food, cash, and medical assistance; foster care and adoption services; child support; and children's protective services. As director of the Department of Human Services, Justice Corrigan oversaw a 66-percent reduction in the number of individuals dependent on cash welfare, rolled out an innovative program to help the disabled, and left office with nearly 350,000 fewer Michigan residents needing food assistance.
Justice Corrigan has a J.D. from the University of Detroit Law School and a B.A. from Marygrove College.