WLAM announces ratings and endorsements of judicial candidates for office

The Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM) is proud to announce its ratings and endorsements of judicial candidates for office.

Only those judicial candidates who actively sought a rating or endorsement from WLAM were evaluated.  A total of 17 judicial candidates requested to participate in WLAM’s rigorous process, which included an extensive background check and interviews.

It is important to note that a rating or endorsement of one candidate in a particular race is not in any way a statement of our opinion on another candidate in that particular race.

WLAM hereby rates the following individuals who are running for judicial office in alphabetical order:

  • Judge Stacia Buchanan, 54A District – Highly recommend
  • Kelly Marie Collins-Binkowski, 43-1 District – Highly recommend
  • Clarence Dass, Oakland County Circuit – Highly recommend
  • Judge Kameshia D. Gant , Oakland County Circuit – Highly recommend
  • Mike Hodges, Lapeer County Circuit – Highly recommend
  • Jenny Johnsen-Sarber, Kent County Circuit – Highly recommend
  • Justice Bridget Mary McCormack, Michigan Supreme Court – Highly recommend
  • Kelly Elizabeth Morton, 56A District Court – Highly recommend
  • Elisabeth Mimi Mullins, 28th District Court – Highly recommend
  • Maura Murphy, Oakland County Circuit – Highly recommend
  • Amy Reiser, Washtenaw County Circuit – Highly recommend
  • Nick Roumel, Washtenaw County Circuit – Highly recommend
  • Referee Lorie Nancy Savin, Oakland County Circuit – Highly recommend
  • Shannon Watkins Schlegel, Clinton-Gratiot County Circuit – Highly recommend
  • Tracy Elisabeth Van den Bergh, Washtenaw County Circuit – Highly recommend
  • Erane Chrysade Washington, 14B District Court – Highly recommend
  • Elizabeth Welch, Michigan Supreme Court – Highly recommend

To receive a “Highly Recommended” rating from WLAM, the candidate must exhibit superior qualities for judicial service. The candidate must have demonstrated excellence in legal ability, wide experience, wisdom, intellect, insight, and impartiality. The candidate should have generally participated in civil, charitable, religious, or political activities in the community and professional bar organizations. The candidate should be acknowledged in the legal community as affirmatively espousing the position of all women in society and a demonstrated record of advancing women in the legal profession consistent with the WLAM mission statement.

Sincerely,
Women Lawyers Association of Michigan