State High Court taps female reporter of decisions

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

The Michigan Supreme Court appointed Kathryn L. Loomis of Ann Arbor to serve as the reporter of decisions, the first woman to hold the post since 1838.

Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr. announced the decision on Monday. Loomis is the first woman to hold the post since it was created to serve the state’s first Supreme Court and publish the official Michigan Reports, which contain the official decisions of the Michigan Supreme Court.

The reporter of decisions also publishes Court of Appeals decisions and court rules in the Michigan Reports, court officials said.

As the reporter of decisions, Loomis ensures the reports contain accurate citations and are understandable and clear, officials said. Bound volumes of Michigan Reports are available in any Michigan law library.

“Katie Loomis understands that every word matters,” Young said in a statement. “Supreme Court opinions must stand the test of time, and I am confident that our new Reporter of Decisions will ensure that our published opinions meet the highest standards for clear and concise legal writing.”

Loomis has been an editor in the Michigan Supreme Court Reporter of Decisions Office since 2010.

“While a tweet might make a headline, a well-written opinion can make a real difference,” Loomis said. “That’s why I am so honored to have been selected and look forward to serving Michigan’s appellate courts.”

Loomis’ background includes experience in legal research, authoring legal writings and preparing opinions of the Michigan Supreme Court and the Michigan Court of Appeals for publication in the Michigan Reports and the Michigan Appeals Reports.

She has a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a juris doctor degree from Wayne State University School of Law

Loomis has served as vice chair of the Ann Arbor Zoning Board of Appeals, is a founding member and former chair of the board of directors of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center, and a former member of the Ann Arbor Cool Cities Task Force.

She also plays center for the Capital Crush women’s ice hockey team.