The Hon. John A. Hohman, Jr. has been appointed to succeed State Court Administrator Chad C. Schmucker, will become president of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada in January. Judge Hohman, a past chair of the Judicial Council of the State Bar's Judicial Section and past President of the Michigan Probate Judges Association, has served for 16 years on the Monroe County Probate Court. In that position he co-founded the county's Court Appointed Special Advocates program and redesigned its juvenile programs and family court, including the creation of a juvenile drug court. In 2013, he was named “Michigan Jurist of the Year” by the Michigan Foster Care Review Board, and was chosen “Michigan Judge of the Year” in 2008 by the Michigan Association of Court Appointed Special Advocates.
Chief Justice Robert P. Young. Jr. lauded Hohman's extensive contributions to best practices in court administration and his deep involvement in plans for improving our justice system, including the
State Bar’s Judicial Crossroads Task Force. Hohman said that the state's judiciary has made significant
strides in court reform, including greater efficiency, performance measurement, and technology and that he plans to build on those achievements.
A graduate of Wayne State Law School, Hohman was in the private practice of law for 16 years before becoming a judge, including eight years as a partner in the law firm of Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer and
Weiss. He has been a faculty member of the Michigan Judicial Institute, an editorial advisory committee member for a number of journals and periodicals, and has authored articles on juvenile and family court practice.