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MANY DISTINGUISHED UDM LAW ALUMNI ARE SWORN IN TO OFFICE

Many distinguished UDM Law alumni have been sworn in to serve as members of the judiciary and Legislature recently. We are proud of their ongoing commitment to the School of Law's mission and the example they set for our students in their service to the public.

Macomb County's judiciary has a sister act. Suzanne Faunce ('98), a former county assistant prosecutor, and her sister, Circuit Judge Jennifer Faunce ('90), who won re-election, were sworn in on January 5 by retired District Judge and current Visiting Judge Sherman Faunce, their father. Both women stated that it was one of the "greatest moments in their lives" to be sworn in together and with their father beside them.  Related article:  Family affair: Faunce sisters sworn in as judges by father, Dec. 22, 2014, Macomb Daily

Many other alumni have also been sworn in as members of the judiciary, including:

Hon. Brian K. Zahra ('87) was re-elected to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Hon. Michael J. Talbot ('71) was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to be Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Hon. Christopher Murray ('90) was re-elected to the First District of the Michigan Court of Appeals. Judge Murray is currently a member of the University of Detroit Mercy Inns of Court and is president of the DMBA Inns of Court.

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Hon. James Alexander ('73) – 6th Circuit Court in Pontiac, MI

Hon. Martha D. Anderson ('77) – 6th Circuit Court in Pontiac, MI

Hon. Frank L. Arnold ('94) – Monroe County Probate Court in Monroe, MI

Hon. Michael J. Beale ('90) – 42nd Circuit Court in Midland, MI

Hon. Stephen P. Carras ('94) –42nd Circuit Court in Midland, MI

Hon. John Gillis ('77) – 3rd Circuit Court in Detroit, MI

Hon. Terrance Keith ('84) – Wayne County Probate Court

Hon. Shalina Kumar ('96) – 6th Circuit Court in Pontiac, MI

Hon. Matthew Switalski ('94) – 16th Circuit Court in Mt. Clemens, MI

Hon. Donald A. Teeple ('74) – 24th Circuit Court in Sandusky, MI

Hon. Margaret Van Houten ('94) – 3rd Circuit Court in Detroit, MI

Hon. Arthur J. Cotter ('85) - 5th District Court

Hon. Terrance P. Dignan ('75) – 66th District Court

HOn. Thomas Evans ('82) – 55th Circuit Court

Hon. Joseph G. Fabrizio ('99) – 52nd District Court

Hon. David M. Gubow ('74) – 45B District Court

Hon. Richard L. Hammer, Jr. ('75) -21st District Court

Hon. Shannon A. Holmes ('98) – 36th District Court

Hon. William G. Kelly ('75) – 62B District Court

Hon. Kenneth J. King ('95) – 36th District Court

Hon. Mark A. McConnell ('93) – 18th District Court

Hon. Joseph Oster ('92) – 40th District Court

Hon. James A. Plakas ('93) – 35th District Court

Hon. Jonathan L. Poer ('77) - 2A District Court

Hon. Joseph D. Slaven ('00) was elected to the 23rd District Court in Taylor, MI. He is an adjunct professor at the School of Law teaching Selected Topics in Michigan Law.

Raymond P. Voet ('87) – 64A District Court