Judge William Murphy Assumes Office As Council President


Following extended service as a member and officer of the Council of Chief Judges , Judge William B. Murphy  of the Michigan Court of Appeals assumed the presidency of the Council on November 15, 2016.   His presidency comes near the conclusion of a distinguished judicial career.   Judge Murphy was appointed to the  Michigan Court of Appeals in 1988 and  was selected as the Court’s eighth Chief Judge  in 2009.   He served in that capacity until 2014.  He received his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from Wayne State University, cum laude.   Before he was appointed to the Court of Appeals, Judge Murphy was in private practice in Grand Rapids, specializing in litigation.  He was also a member of the East Grand Rapids City Commission and a law clerk for the Michigan Court of Appeals.   He has served and continues to serve  in numerous civic and professional organizations,  including chair of the Judicial Tenure Commission, and adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law.   The Michigan Supreme Court also appointed him a member of the Judicial Executive Committee and Strategic Planning Committee for the Michigan Justice Project.  He  has lectured for the Michigan Judicial Institute and various continuing legal education programs.  His term on the Michigan Court of Appeals will end in 2019.


Officers of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal, 2016-2017



Honorable William B.  Murphy

Judge, Michigan Court of Appeals



Honorable Melanie G. May

Judge, Florida Court of Appeal, Fourth District



Honorable Margret Robb

Judge, Indiana Court of Appeals



Honorable Brad Hill

Administrative Presiding Justice

California Court of Appeal

Fifth Appellate District


Immediate Past President

Honorable William D. Palmer

Florida Court of Appeal, Fifth District


 Members of the Executive Committee

Honorable Glenn E. Acree

Chief Judge, Kentucky Court of Appeals


Honorable Everett  O. Inbody

Judge, Nebraska  Court of Appeals


Honorable Josh R. Morriss

Chief Justice, Texas Court of Appals, Sixth District


Honorable Stephen W. Powell

Judge, Ohio Court of Appeals, Twelfth District


Honorable Morris Silberman

Judge, Florida Court of Appeal, Second District


Honorable Rogelio Valdez

Chief Justice, Texas Court of Appeals, Thirteenth District