Judge Elizabeth L. Gleicher has been appointed chief judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals for a two-year period starting Jan. 1, 2022.

Gleicher was born in Detroit, Michigan. Her father, Morris Gleicher (1917–1992), was a former president of the Michigan ACLU. She received her bachelor’s degree in history from Carleton College in 1976 and her Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University law school in 1979.  She began her legal career at Goodman, Eden, Millender & Bedrosian in Detroit, and was an attorney in private practice for 27 years.  She received the Respected Advocate Award from the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel in 2005 and the State Bar of Michigan Champion of Justice Award in 2001.

She was appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals, Second District, in 2007. Her husband, Mark Granzotto, is an appellate lawyer. The couple have three sons.