LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A dedication ceremony is being held for the portrait of former Michigan Chief Justice Conrad Mallett Jr.
The ceremony takes place at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday during a special Michigan Supreme Court session in the Hall of Justice.
Mallett was appointed to the state's high court in December 1990 by then-Gov. James Blanchard. He was re-elected to a two-year term in 1992 and to an eight-year term in 1994.
In 1997, he became the court's first black chief justice. He left the court in 1999 and now is president of Sinai-Grace Hospital and a Detroit financial review team member.
Mallett's portrait was painted by Simmie Knox, whose other notable commissions include the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, ex-President Bill Clinton, boxer Muhammad Ali and actor Bill Cosby.