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Michigan Judicial C​​​​ouncil​ Members


Following is a complete list of Judicial Council members. Scroll further down to find biographies. 

​POSITION

NAME

COUNTY

Chief Justice

Hon. Bridget McCormack  (bio)

Washtenaw

MSC Justice

Hon. Elizabeth Clement  (bio​

Ingham 

State Court Administrator

Tom Boyd  (bio​)

Ingham

COA Chief Judge

Hon. Christopher Murray  (bio​)

Wayne 

MDJA

Hon. Demetria Brue

Wayne

MDJA

Hon. Michelle Friedman Appel

Oakland

MJA

Hon. Jon Va​n Allsburg

Ottawa

MJA

Hon. Martha Anderson

Oakland

MPJA

Hon. John Tomlinson

St. Clair

MPJA

Hon. Susan Dobrich

Cass

ABJM

Hon. Herman Marable, Jr.

Genesee

ABJM

Hon. Kameshia Gant

Oakland

JFA

Angela Tripp

Washtenaw

Tribal State Federal Judicial Forum 

Hon. Melissa Pope

Oakland

At-Large Judge

Hon. Mary Barglind

Dickinson

At-Large Judge

Hon. Aaron Gauthier

Cheboygan

At-Large Judge

Hon. William Baillargeon

Allegan

At-Large Judge

Hon. Helal Farhat

Wayne

Court Administrator

Valerie Robbins

Mecosta

Court Administrator

Zenell Brown

Wayne

Court Administrator

Ines Straube

Barry

Court Administrator

James McGrail

Macomb

County Clerk

Lindsay Oswald

St. Joseph

County Clerk

Justin Roebuck

Ottawa

Attorney

Tom Cranmer

Oakland

Attorney

James Heath

Wayne

Attorney

>Marilena David-Martin

Wayne

Public

Dr. Sheryl Kubiak

Oakland

Public

Tamara Brubaker-Salcedo

Kent


Two (2) JUDGES - MICHIGAN District judges association

Hon. Michelle Appel

Judge Appel is one of two judges nominated to represent the Michigan District Judges Association.  She is a judge of the 45th District Court, which serves the cities of Huntington Woods, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, and Royal Oak Township.  Judge Appel received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit Mercy Law School.  She has served on the bench since 2003 and currently presides over a traditional district court docket, including arraignments, landlord/tenant, small claims, criminal misdemeanor cases, preliminary examinations, code enforcement, and traffic cases.  She also presides over a Veterans Treatment Court and co-presides over a Mental Health Treatment Court. Judge Appel requests appointment to the MJC because the goals of the MJC are consistent with the study and work she’s been committed to throughout her judicial career.


Hon. Demetria Brue

Judge Brue is one of two judges nominated to represent the Michigan District Judges Association.  She is a judge of the 36th District Court, which serves the City of Detroit.  Judge Brue received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and her Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School. She has served on the bench since 2012 and currently presides over a landlord/tenant docket, where she conducts summary proceeding hearings on complaints for non-payment of rent, termination of tenancy, land contract forfeiture, and property foreclosures.  Judge Brue requests appointment to the MJC because she believes it is important for the MJC “to develop a cohesive state-wide plan to effectuate such initiatives as providing access to justice, recognizing and reducing racial disparities, advancing justice reform and implementing a uniform trial court funding system.”​


TWO (2) JUDGES - MICHIGAN JUDGES ASSOCIATION

Hon. Martha Anderson

Judge Anderson was one of two judges nominated to represent the Michigan Judges Association.  She is a judge of the 6th Circuit Court, which serves Oakland County.  Judge Anderson received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit Law School.  She has served on the bench since 2003 and is currently assigned to their business court where she presides over commercial litigation, contractual disputes, and shareholder oppression cases.  She requested appointment to the MJC because she sees “…this as a completely different approach as to how the judiciary will function, providing long term plans on issues not only relevant to the courts but also the users of the court system.”


Hon. Jon Van Allsburg

Judge Van Allsburg is one of two judges nominated to represent the Michigan Judges Association.  He is chief judge of the 20th Circuit Court, which serves Ottawa County.  Judge Van Allsburg received his Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University and his Juris Doctorate, with honors, from Detroit College of Law.  He has served on the bench since 2005 and is currently appointed to the business court and assigned to the Family Division, where he presides over domestic relations and personal protection cases.  Judge Van Allsburg requested appointment to the MJC because he wants to apply his knowledge and experience to the challenges facing the Michigan judiciary in becoming the “one court of justice” envisioned in the Michigan Constitution.


Two (2) JUDGES - MICHIGAN probate judges association

Hon. Susan Dobrich

Judge Dobrich is one of two judges nominated to represent the Michigan Probate Judges Association.  She has served as a judge of the Cass County Probate Court since 1995.  Judge Dobrich received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Kalamazoo College and her Juris Doctorate from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  Her current docket includes probate, family, child neglect/protective, and circuit (non-family) civil cases.  Before assuming the bench, Judge Dobrich worked as an assistant attorney general and an assistant prosecuting attorney in Cass County.  Judge Dobrich requested app​ointment to the MJC because she is interested in therapeutic justice and working collaboratively to accomplish rehabilitation and make positive changes.


Hon. John Tomlinson

Judge Tomlinson is one of two judges nominated to represent the Michigan Probate Judges Association.  He has served as a judge of the St. Clair County Probate Court since 2007.  Judge Tomlinson received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and his Juris Doctorate from Detroit College of Law.  His current docket includes probate, domestic relations, abuse/neglect, and minor guardianship cases, as well as mental health court.  Judge Tomlinson requested appointment to the MJC because he enjoys strategic planning and believes his varied experience will allow him to be an active participant in discussions about the future of the judiciary.  


Two (2) JUDGES - association of black judges of MICHIGAN

Hon. Kameshia Gant

Judge Gant is one of two judges nominated to represent the Association of Black Judges of Michigan.  She is a judge of the 6th Circuit Court, which serves Oakland County.  Judge Gant received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and her Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School.  She has served on the bench since 2019 and is currently assigned to their family division where she presides over divorce, custody, support, juvenile delinquency, abuse/neglect, PPO, and adoption cases.  Judge Gant requested appointment to the MJC because she is active within her community and is passionate about educating the public about legal issues and providing resources for their access to justice.  Judge Gant believes her commitment to justice and to making system-wide improvements will be an asset to the MJC.


Hon. Herman Marable, Jr.

Judge Marable is one of two judges nominated to represent the Association of Black Judges of Michigan (ABJM).  He is a judge of the 67th District Court, which serves Genesee County.  Judge Marable received his Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison College at Michigan State University and his Juris Doctorate from Ohio State University.  He has served on the bench since 2001 and currently presides over a civil docket for the city of Flint.  He is also the Immediate Past President of the ABJM.  Judge Marable requested appointment to the MJC because he originally served on the planning committee that drafted MCR 8.128 and the SJI grant application to fund the MJC.


One (1) member -- justice for all commission

Angela Tripp

Ms. Tripp currently serves as the co-director of the Michigan Advocacy Program and has previous experience working as a staff attorney for Prison Legal Services of Michigan.  Ms. Tripp received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati and her Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University.  Ms. Tripp requested appointment to the MJC because she sees the goals of the MJC as being closely related to the goals of the Justice For All Commission and the work completed by the Justice For All Task Force (JFA).  She hopes her participation will allow the MJC to take advantage of what was learned from the JFA inventory process.


One (1) JUDGE -- MICHIGAN tribal state federal judicial forum

Hon. Melissa Pope

Judge Pope was nominated to represent the Michigan Tribal State Federal Judicial Forum.  She is a judge of both the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi and the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians.  Judge Pope received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and her Juris Doctorate from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  She has served on the bench since 2009 and currently presides over child welfare, domestic violence, election, guardianship, human trafficking, juvenile, and personal protection cases.  Judge Pope requested appointment to the MJC because she has a unique background that includes working with and on behalf of identities not her own, with the practiced skill of seeing matters through the perspectives of multiple identities and with a commitment to advocating for the most vulnerable in our committees.


four (4) at-large JUDGE appointments

Hon. William Baillargeon

Judge Baillargeon is a judge for the 57th District Court in Allegan County.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Clair and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin Law School.  Judge Baillargeon was appointed to the 48th Circuit Court in 2007 and served through the end of 2008.  He was appointed to the 57th District Court in 2009, where he currently presides over a general jurisdiction docket for the district court.  Judge Baillargeon established the Adult Drug Treatment Court in Allegan, the West Michigan Regional Veterans’ Treatment Court serving circuit and district cases from Allegan, Ottawa and Van Buren Counties, and the Sobriety Treatment Court in the 57th District Court.  He continues to preside over all three of these problem-solving courts.  Judge Baillargeon requested appointment to the MJC because it is an opportunity to improve accessibility to the courts, as well as address disparities in the criminal justice system that perpetuate the criminalization of poverty.


Hon. Mary Barglind  
Judge Barglind is a judge of the 41st Circuit Court, which serves Dickinson, Iron, and Menominee Counties.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University and her Juris Doctorate from Marquette University Law School.  Judge Barglind has served on the bench since 1999 and currently presides over a docket comprised of criminal and civil cases, domestic relations, appeals from state administrative agencies, and PPOs.  Judge Barglind requested appointment to the MJC because of her experience and belief that judges and people from the Upper Peninsula must be represented on the Council.

Hon. Helal Farhat

Judge Farhat is a judge for the Third Circuit Court in Wayne County.  He received his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University and his Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School.  Judge Farhat was appointed to the bench in 2019 and elected to a full term in 2020.  He practiced law for 17 years before joining the bench and specialized in business litigation, criminal law, and family law.  Judge Farhat is an active leader in the Arab American and local communities.​


Hon. Aaron Gauthier

Judge Gauthier is a judge of the 53rd Circuit Court, which serves Cheboygan and Presque Isle Counties.  He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctorate from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  Judge Gauthier has served on the bench since 2018 and currently presides over a general docket, including felony offenses, civil actions, family division cases, and appeals from the district court.  He also presides over an adult drug treatment court program.  Before assuming office, Judge Gauthier served as a Michigan Supreme Court Commissioner, an assistant prosecuting attorney, and an attorney in private practice.  Judge Gauthier requested appointment to the MJC to improve court processes and to increase communication between the judiciary and the public, with the goal of promoting public confidence in the rule of law.​


four (4) court administrators

Ze​nell Brown

Ms. Brown is a resident of Wayne County and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Detroit Mercy, her Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School, and her Judicial Administration Certificate from Michigan State University.  She has served as the court administrator for the 3rd Circuit Court since 2014; before her current position, she served as the friend of the court for approximately five years.  Ms. Brown has experience with strategic planning in the Third Circuit Court and requested appointment to the MJC because “[p]ublic trust and confidence in the judicial system is needed…it is important to have a system that is accessible, effective, and efficient.”


James McGrail

Mr. McGrail is a resident of Macomb County and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and his Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School.  He has been the court administrator for the 41B District Court since 2017 and previously worked as a municipal attorney, representing numerous communities throughout Macomb County.  Mr. McGrail requested appointment to the MJC because he strives to make the 41B District Court better each day and would like to use his “…efforts and insight to make ALL Michigan Courts better.” 


Valerie Robbins

Ms. Robbins is a resident of Lake County and received her Associates Degree in legal studies from Ferris State University.  She has dedicated almost her entire professional career to the Mecosta County Probate/Family Court, serving as the deputy probate register from 2005-2012, and the probate register since 2012.  She is a member-at-large on the Michigan Probate & Juvenile Registers Association (MPJRA) and served as president from 2019-2020.  Ms. Robbins requested appointment to the MJC because “[t]he growth and development of a healthy judicial system is what [she] strives for in [her] daily work.”  She wants to share this goal with the entire state and believes her variety of knowledge will be helpful.


Ines Straube

Ms. Straube is a resident of Barry County and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornerstone University and her Masters Degree from Michigan State University.  Ms. Straube has worked for the Barry County Trial Courts since 2005 and held positions as a financial specialist, probate register, and deputy court administrator.  She has been their court administrator and friend of the court since 2014 and also works as an adjunct instructor at Lansing Community College.  Ms. Straube has experience with strategic planning and requested appointment to the MJC because of her diverse professional experience.  She also believes it is important to have a representative from a rural community on the MJC.


two (2) county clerk appointments

Lindsay Oswald

Ms. Oswald is a resident of St. Joseph County .  She received a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Saginaw Valley State University and both a Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Science in Leadership from Trine University.  She has been the Republican county clerk for St. Joseph County Clerk since 2015 and has previous employment experience working for the city of Three Rivers.  Ms. Oswald requested appointment to the MJC because her planning abilities will benefit the group.  She would like to be “…part of the solution to building effective processes that allow for optimal performance within the system while providing opportunities for leadership development within each organization that is part of the courts.”


Justin Roebuck

Mr. Roebuck is a resident of Ottawa County and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hillsdale College.  He has served as the Republican county clerk for Ottawa County since 2014 and has previous employment experience working for the Michigan Department of State.  Mr. Roebuck requested appointment to the MJC because he is “…motivated by a heart to work toward a judicial system in Michigan that is even more transparent and responsive to our customers.  It is challenging to re-think existing systems, particularly in the judicial system where tradition is a key component of the nature of the court.  But there are outdated processes that can and should be modernized.”


Three (3) attorney appointments

Thomas Cranmer

Mr. Cranmer is a resident of Oakland County and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and his Juris Doctorate from Ohio Northern University. He is a past president of the State Bar of Michigan and has been practicing law for more than 40 years in a variety of different litigation settings. He began his legal career as both a state and federal prosecutor before transitioning to a mid-size, and later a large, law firm. Mr. Cranmer describes his current litigation practice as being fairly broad, with a wide mixture of criminal and civil cases, coupled with extensive service as both an arbitrator, case evaluator, and mediator.  Mr. Cranmer requested appointment because he believes the current legal climate presents the opportunity to embrace and effectuate positive change in the judiciary going forward.


Marilena David-Martin

Ms. David-Martin is a resident of Wayne County and received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and her Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University.  She has been practicing law for approximately 12 years and is currently the deputy director of the State Appellate Defender Office (SADO).  Ms. David-Martin has worked her entire legal career with SADO and has held roles ranging from a paralegal to deputy director.  She has previous strategic planning experience with the Center for Court Innovation and co-launched SADO’s Racial Justice Initiative (RJI).  Ms. David-Martin requested appointment to the MJC to “further the conversation about improving Michigan’s judicial system.”  


James Heath

Mr. Heath is a resident of Wayne County and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and Juris Doctorate from Chicago-Kent College of Law.  He has been practicing law for approximately 17 years and currently serves as corporation counsel for Wayne County.  Mr. Heath has prior employment experience with the Office of Inspector General for the city of Detroit; Michigan Department of Attorney General; and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.  Mr. Heath requested appointment to the MJC to “enhance [his] ability to serve the public and legal profession in [his] role as incoming president-elect and then president of the State Bar.”


two (2) members of the public

Tamara Brubaker-Salcedo
Ms. Brubaker-Salcedo is a resident of Kent County and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the National School of Anthropology and History in Mexico City, Mexico.  She has been involved in the court system as an interpreter and as a provider of interpreters for more than 25 years.  Ms. Brubaker-Salcedo was one of the first certified Spanish interpreters in Michigan and has become intimately familiar with the problems faced by non-native English speakers and undocumented immigrants in the court system.  Ms. Brubaker-Salcedo requested appointment to the MJC to ensure that the voices of marginalized populations are both heard and understood when revising existing court systems.​

Dr. Sheryl Kubiak
Dr. Kubiak is a resident of Oakland County and received her Masters of Social Work and PhD from the University of Michigan.  She has served as the Dean of Social Work at Wayne State University since 2018 and previously worked as a professor at Michigan State University for approximately 12 years.  Dr. Kubiak has extensive experience with mental health diversion and previously served on the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration.  Dr. Kubiak requested appointment to the MJC because she knows there are gaps in court processes that can produce unintended consequences.  She hopes that court systems can move toward a universal problem-solving approach that produces better and more productive outcomes for everyone.
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