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           Janice K. Cunningham 

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Judge Janice K. Cunningham was elected on November 6, 2012 as the first woman Circuit Court judge in Eaton County and took office on January 1, 2013. The Circuit Court is the trial court of general jurisdiction with the broadest judicial powers in Michigan. The Circuit Court handles all civil cases with claims of more than $25,000 and all felony criminal cases. The Family Division of Circuit Court handles cases regarding divorce, custody and support. The Circuit Court also hears cases appealed from the District Court, certain matters from the Probate Court and appeals of decisions from local and state administrative agencies.

In addition to her normal case load, Judge Cunningham believes in the importance of utilizing “problem-solving courts” as an alternative to traditional adjudication. These specialty courts represent a shift in the way courts are handling certain offenders and working closely with prosecutors, public defenders, probation officers, social workers, and other justice system partners to develop a strategy that has proven to be effective in pressuring offenders into completing a treatment program and abstaining from repeating the behaviors that brought them to court. Judge Cunningham presides over the SAFE-T Program, which works with individuals at risk of losing their children because of drug or alcohol problems and she is the judicial volunteer for SMILE, a mandatory program for all divorcing individuals that have minor children. Judge Cunningham presides over the Adult Drug Court Program, a Community Corrections program designed to work with individuals that may be going to prison because of substance abuse issues. She also presides over the J.Sauter Veterans Treatment Court, that uses a hybrid combination of Drug Court and Mental Health Court principles to serve military veterans.

Judge Cunningham is an adjunct professor in Family Law at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, serves on the Executive Board for the Michigan Judges Association and is a frequent lecturer for ICLE, the Michigan Judicial Institute and the Family Law Institute.

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Cunningham had a distinguished career in private practice for over 25 years. The following is a list of some of her awards and accomplishments:

  • Received the highest ranking from judges and her peers for her legal ability and ethical standards.
  • Listed on the Martindale-Hubbell Register of Preeminent Woman Lawyers
  • Adjunct Professor of Law - Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • Frequent lecturer for judges throughout the state at the Michigan Judicial Institute
  • Frequent lecturer for attorneys at the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE)
  • Member of the Legal Authors Society
  • Appointed by the Mich. Supreme Court to the Attorney Discipline Board
  • Appointed by the Mich. Supreme Court to the Friend of the Court Advisory Board
  • Appointed by the Mich. Supreme Court to the State Court Administrator's Office Forms Committee
  • Recipient of the prestigious 2010 Camille S. Abood Community Volunteer Award
  • Recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award from Cooley Law School
  • Recipient of the State Bar of Michigan’s 1992 Outstanding Young Lawyer
  • Recipient of the 1990 Enhancement of Women Award from National WBE Association
  • The first mid-Michigan attorney selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Delta Township Trustee - Elected in Nov. 1996. Re-elected Nov. 2000, 2004, & 2008
  • Founding member and Trustee of the Waverly Education Foundation
  • Served on the Board of Directors for Legal Aid of Central Michigan
  • Served on the Board of Directors for Sixty Plus Legal Clinic, Board of Directors

 

  

 

 

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              John D. Maurer 

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Judge John D. Maurer was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder on May 2, 2016 and took office on May 9, 2016.  The Circuit Court has jurisdiction over criminal felony cases and civil matters where one party is seeking  money damages over $25,000. The Circuit Court also hears appeals from the District and Probate Courts, as well as appeals of decisions from local and state administrative agencies.  The Family Court Division of the Circuit Court hears all matters regarding divorce, custody and support.

In addition to his standard caseload, Judge Maurer presides over two problem-solving courts.  The Eaton County Sobriety Court is a five phase, high intensity alcohol treatment court that works to rehabilitate repeat alcohol-related offenders.  Eaton County's Sobriety Court was one of the first in the nation and has proven to be highly effective as a treatment program.  Judge Maurer also presides over the Swift and Sure Sanction Probation Program that places repeat felons on a strict compliance, highly supervised probation.  This program works to rehabilitate habitual offenders and introduce them back into society as productive members.

Prior to taking the Bench, Judge Maurer had a distinguished career in private practice for over 25 years, the majority of which was as a partner in the Grand Ledge law firm of Deming & Maurer PLLC.  He has apepared in numerous state and federal courts throughout Michigan, handling a wide variety of legal matters, including criminal, civil, probate and domestic.  In addition, Judge Maurer previusly served as a special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan, as well as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.  Some of his other accomplishments are:

  • Served on the Board of Directors of a local credit union for over 20 years
  • Served as President of the Grand Ledge Chamber of Commerce
  • Served as President of the Eaton County Bar Association
  • Served on the Board of Directors of the Grand Ledge Industrial Park Development Board
  • Received the highest ranking from Martin-Hubbell for ethical standards
  • Adjunct Professor at thomas M. Cooley Law School, teaching trial workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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