Maura D. Corrigan, DirectorGov. Rick Snyder named Maura D. Corrigan director of the Michigan Department of Human Services on Jan. 6, 2011. At that time, he also appointed her to serve as Group Executive for the "People" group, which includes the departments of Human Services, Community Health, Civil Rights and Education, which she did until November 2012. Corrigan previously served as a judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals and justice of the Michigan Supreme Court for 19 years. She served on the Michigan Supreme Court beginning in 1999, including four years from 2001 - 2005 as chief justice.
She graduated from Marygrove College and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She then became a law clerk to Michigan Court of Appeals Judge John Gillis, a Wayne County assistant prosecutor, and an assistant United States attorney in Detroit. Corrigan became a partner at the Detroit law firm of Plunkett & Cooney in 1989. From 1992 to 1998, she served on the Michigan Court of Appeals, the last two years as chief judge.
Corrigan participates in numerous community and professional activities. She was chosen as commissioner of the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care and as vice president of the Conference of Chief Justices. She was appointed to the Michigan Law Revision Commission, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Attorney Advisory Committee, and the Rules Committee of the U.S. District Court in Detroit. She served on the Executive Board of the Michigan Judges Association and the Advisory Board of the Center for Law and Organizational Economics at the University of Kansas. She also volunteered on the board of Boysville of Michigan (now Holy Cross). She served as a director of Vista Maria in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. She has been president of the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers, the Federal Bar Association in Detroit, and MSU Inns of Court.
Corrigan has won numerous awards including: Casey Family Programs Excellence in Leadership (2013); Michigan Women's Foundation Lifetime Achievement Trillium Award (2013); Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Dennis W. Archer Public Service Award (2012); U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Adoption Excellence Award (2011); and Women Officials Network Wonder Woman Award (2011).
Corrigan holds honorary doctorates from seven Michigan colleges and universities: Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, Northern Michigan University, University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne State University, Marygrove College, and Schoolcraft College. She has been chosen as the outstanding alumna of U-D Mercy Law School and Marygrove College. She has co-authored a treatise on civil procedure and has published many articles in professional journals and books, including the Ave Maria Law Review, Wayne Law Review, University of Toledo Law Review, NYU Law Review and the Texas Review of Law and Politics. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Wayne State University Law School and at programs for the Michigan Judicial Institute, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the Attorney General's Advocacy Institute.