District Court Judges

 

 

HONORABLE JULIE H. REINCKE 

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Judge Reincke is a graduate of Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa with a degree in English and a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School where she graduated summa cum laude. She was initially appointed to the bench by Governor Granholm. She won re-election later that same year. Prior to taking the bench in January, 2006, she was an attorney in private practice with her office inEaton Rapids, Michigan, practicing primarily in the areas of family law and estate planning. She has also been a high school English teacher and an adjunct professor at Michigan State University and Thomas Cooley Law School

  

During her time on the bench, Judge Reincke has initiated a domestic violence court for her county and has participated in the existing OWI/drug court. Judge Reincke also has a separate mental health speciality docket. She serves on the Michigan District Judge's Association (MDJA) Legislative Committee; as well as is a Mentor in the MSU's Extension program ~ STOMP. While in private practice, she served on the board of directors for the Collaborative Law Institute of Michigan and was active in the Ingham and Eaton County Bar Associations.

 HONORABLE  JULIE A. O'NEILL                 

JudgeOneillJudge O'Neill was elected on November 8, 2016 as the District Court Judge in Eaton County and took office on January 3rd, 2017.  The District Court handles small claim cases, general civil cases up to $5,500, landlord/tenant cases, misdemeanor and felony arraignments, all misdemeanor cases – to resolution by plea or trial, and felony cases – through the preliminary examination hearing and/or bindover to circuit court.

Prior to taking the bench Judge O’Neill had a distinguished career in private practice for over 14 years.  Judge O’Neill practiced in family law/domestic cases and specialized in criminal defense.  Judge O’Neill practiced throughout the state.  Judge O’Neill also practiced in federal court and was a member of the United States Court, Western District of Michigan, Federal Defender’s Office. 

Judge O’Neill was also an Adjunct Professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School for over ten years teaching Trial Skills.  Trial Skills is an upper level course where the students conduct 2 criminal trials and 1 civil trial over a 16 week period.  Judge O’Neill graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2002.  While in law school, she earned the Book Award in Trial Skills and Advanced Trial Skills, was a national trial team competitor for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), was a founding member and Chairperson for the Mock Trial Board and was Editor in Chief of the Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law.  Upon graduation, she receied the Leadership Achievement Award/Plaque.  Judge O’Neill also gained first hand legal experience while completing her Internship at the Michigan Attorney General’s Office – Tort Division, working as a Referee for Livingston County Friend of the Court and also as Senior Law Clerk for Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) for 3 years.

Judge O’Neill is a former graduate of Michigan State University with a BA in Criminal Justice, Speciality in Juvenile Delinquency.  She worked as a Youth Specialist for 3 years before attending law school. Judge O’Neill has lived in the county her whole life, having graduated from Eaton Rapids High School and currently residing in Charlotte, MI with her 3 children.