Michigan Supreme Court Justice James L. Ryan talks about his first days on the Michigan Supreme Court in 1975, the positive chemistry among the judges during his tenure and the debilitating turmoil the court was in prior to his arrival. He also discusses the duties of the court, the collegial decision making process, and the justice's annual retreat. One of the major cases facing the Court during his time on the bench, Ryan says, was the famous Poletown versus the City of Detroit case, in which Detroit sought to condemn private property to promote the construction of new General Motors production facilities. Ryan talks about the intricacies of the case and eminent domain and outlines the issues in other cases he reviewed, such as West vs. Spartan ,Colonial Dodge versus Miler, the People versus Pomeroy, and the People versus Fulcher. He also touches on the issues of workers compensation, the reorganization of the courts in Wayne County, and the ousting of Justice Dorothy Comstock Riley. Third of three interviews of Justice Ryan.