State solicitor general returns to Grand Rapids law firm


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The state of Michigan's top appellate lawyer is leaving the attorney general's office for a law firm in Grand Rapids.

John Bursch is stepping down as solicitor general on Dec. 6 and returning to Warner Norcross & Judd.

Bursch has argued seven cases at the U.S. Supreme Court, including the recent college affirmative action case, and has often appeared at the Michigan Supreme Court.

Bursch will argue his eighth case in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 2 — a dispute over a casino in Otsego County.

He said the job has "truly been an honor."

Attorney General Bill Schuette said he'll miss Bursch's advice.

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