The Michigan Supreme Court appointed three new chief judges earlier this week.
Chief Judge Gary J. Bruce replaces retired Chief Judge Thomas E. Nelson in the Berrien Unified Trial Court. Judge Bruce was first elected to the court in 1998 and has overseen the criminal division. Prior to his work as a judge he worked in private practice and served as a Berrien County assistant prosecuting attorney. He earned his law degree at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Chief Judge Jeffrey G. Barstow replaces retired Chief Judge William A. Hupy in the Menominee Probate Court. He also serves as chief judge of the 95A District Court in Menominee and was first elected in 1984. He earned his law degree at South Texas College of Law.
Chief Judge Freddie G. Burton Jr. replaces Chief Judge Milton Mack Jr. in the Wayne County Probate Court. Judge Burton was first elected in 1987. Prior to serving as a judge, he practiced law, served as a Wayne County Commissioner and a public administrator. He earned his law degree from Wayne State University Law School. Judge Mack became State Court Administrator in July.
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