Cavanagh served as Chief Justice from 1991 to 1995.
In November 2018, his daughter, Megan Cavanagh, was elected as an Associate Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, and became the first child to have joined her parent as a member of the Court since 1857.
- Red Book: Michigan Legislative Council, Roger W. Peters, ed. (State of Michigan, 1993).
- "Justice Michael F. Cavanagh". Michigan Supreme Court. Archived from the original on 2014-01-21. Retrieved 2009-10-01.
- White, Ed (October 24, 2018). "Michigan Supreme Court race has 6 candidates for 2 seats". Petoskey News. Associated Press. Retrieved December 2, 2018.