|Mark J. Cavanagh|
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|Current Court Information:|
|Michigan Second District Court of Appeals|
|Past position:||Special assistant attorney general|
|Undergraduate:||University of Michigan|
|Law School:||Detroit College of Law|
|Candidate for:||Court of Appeals|
|Election information 2014:|
Mark J. Cavanagh is a judge on the Second District Court of Appeals in Michigan. He was elected to this position in 1988 and his current term expires January 1, 2015. He is running for re-election to the Second District Court of Appeals in 2014.
- See also: Michigan judicial elections, 2014
Prior to his election to the Court of Appeals, Judge Cavanagh worked as a special assistant attorney general, an assistant Wayne County prosecutor, and an attorney in private practice.
Cavanagh dissents, argues the legislature changed the law
In April 2005, Judges Kathleen Jansen and Hilda Gage threw out a malpractice suit because, according to the National Notary Association, "the notarized affidavit of an out-of-state expert witness had not been authenticated by an out-of-state county clerk — as required by a 126-year-old law that had been ignored for decades." In June, because of over 1,000 pending malpractice cases that were reliant on the testimony of out-of-state medical experts, the court partially reversed itself, "ruling that the 1879 statute requiring authentication of out-of-state affidavits applied only to future cases, not to past ones." This June ruling was decided by a 2-1 vote, with Judge Mark Cavanagh dissenting. In his dissent, Cavanagh stated that "Michigan's 1970 enactment of the Uniform Recognition of Acknowledgments Act (URAA) removed the need to authenticate any document notarized outside of Michigan."
- Michigan Courts, "Second District Judges"
- Macomb County website, "Macomb County District and Municipal Courts"