Clifford Taylor is chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Taylor, former Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and J.D. from George Washington University. He served as a Justice on the Michigan Supreme Court from 1997 to 2008 and twice served as Chief Justice. Before service on the Supreme Court he was a Judge on the Michigan Court of Appeals for five years. Prior to his judicial service, Taylor was a lawyer in Ingham County, where he practiced for 20 years with the final 16 as a partner in the firm of Denfield, Timmer and Taylor. In his professional career, Taylor served on the Michigan Board of Law Examiners, the Michigan Commission on the Courts in the 21st Century, and the Board of Directors of the National Conference of Chief Justices. He has served his community in many capacities including on the executive and financial committees for the Chief Okemos Council of the Boy Scouts and on the board of directors for the Michigan Dyslexia Institute.