• Appointed Probate Court Judge - February 2000

  • Retained November, 2000

  • Re-elected November, 2002, 2008 and 2014

  • Appointed Chief Judge of Probate Court January 2014

  • Term Expires January 1, 2021


  • University of Michigan, J.D. (1985)
  • University of Notre Dame (1983)

 Legal Experience

  • Howrey & Simon, Associate, Washington, D.C.
  • Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, Associate, Lansing MI
  • Adkins & Garcia, Partner, Lansing MI
  • Lynch, Gallagher, Lynch & Martineau, Partner, Lansing MI
  • Chairman Michigan Civil Rights Commission
  • Co-Chair Michigan Alliance Against Hate Crimes
  • Chair Michigan Bias Crime Task Force


  • State Bar of Michigan
  • National Council of Juvenile and Family Courts Judges
  • Ingham County Bar Association

 Community Involvement

  • National Association of Human Rights Workers
  • Farm Workers Legal Services Advisory Board
  • Cristo Rey Community Center Board of Directors
  • Community Corrections Advisory Board
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Community Advisory Board
  • Legal Aid of Central Michigan Board of Directors
  • East Lansing Housing Commission Vice Chair
  • Boys and Girls Club of Lansing Board of Directors
  • Northwest Lansing Healthy Communities Initiative
  • Gilda's Club of Lansing Board of Directors
  • Cristo Rey Community Center Pro Bono Legal Services
  • Mental Health Commission Children's Work Group
  • Instructor Lansing Police Department Citizen Police Academy
  • Adjunct Professor Cooley Law School
  • Teaches Juvenile Law, Child Abuse and Neglect  Children and the Law and Family Violence Practice