The Honorable Julie A. O'Neill was elected as Eaton County's 56A District Court Judge and took office on January 3rd, 2017. Judge O'Neill is a member of the Michigan District Judge's Association (MDJA), serving on its Legislative Committee, a Board Member of the Eaton County Palliative Care Board and is also an International Rotary Member.
Prior to taking the bench, Judge O'Neill had a distinguished 14 year career in private practice where she specialized in State and Federal Criminal Defense and was a contract attorney with the Public Defender's Office, Western District of Michigan, United States Court. Judge O'Neill was also an Adjunct Professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School for over ten years, teaching Trial Skills.
Education & Awards
Judge O’Neill graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School with a concentration in Litigation and received the Leadership Achievement Award. While in law school, she served on the Association for Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) National Trial Team; was a founding Executive Board Member of the Mock Trial Organization; and served as the Editor and Chief for the Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law. While in school, Judge O'Neill also worked as a Law Clerk for Michigan United Conservation Clubs (3 years); Michigan Attorney General Attorney's Office- Tort Division (one semester); and the Livingston County Friend of the Court Office (1 year).