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March 15, 2024

Michigan: Taking the Next Step: Ensuring Trusted Elections and Civics for Michiganders

Join the ABA Task Force for American Democracy for its second stop on a cross-country listening tour focused on addressing the key issues facing our democracy, such as ensuring trust in elections and improving civic dialog.


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Welcome Remarks

  • Mary Smith
    President, American Bar Association
  • Richard Bierschbach
    Dean, Wayne State University Law School,
  • Hon. Dennis Archer
    Host Committee Co-chair
  • Daniel D. Quick
    President, State Bar of Michigan, Host Committee Co-chair

The Threat to Democracy

  • Hon. J. Michael Luttig

Michigan Elections: Making the Best System and Defending Against Attacks

  • Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson

Election Integrity 2024: What to Expect and Challenges

  • David Becker
    The Center for Election Innovation & Research
  • Aghogho Edevbie
    Deputy Secretary of State
  • Lisa Posthumus Lyons
    Kent County Clerk
  • Justin Roebuck
    Ottawa County Clerk
  • Chris Thomas
    Former Michigan Director of Elections

Restoring Civics and Civility in Michigan

  • Jim Townsend
    Director, Levin Center for Oversight and Democracy, Wayne State University Law School; former Representative (26th District)
  • Reverend Dr. Wendell Anthony
    President, Detroit Branch NAACP
  • Hon. Kurtis Wilder
    Former Justice, Michigan Supreme Court; Immediate Past Chair, Michigan Chamber of Commerce
  • Anne Mervenne
    Special Advisor to Gov. Engler; MI Political Leadership Chair Emeritus, KOR-MI
  • Gary Torgow
    Chairman of the Board, Huntington Bank; Chairman, Business Leaders for Michigan

Breakout Session

Now it’s Your Turn – Your Individual Responsibility in Our Democracy

Closing Remarks

  • Jeh Charles Johnson