Daily Briefs

Patterson appoints Lerminiaux county’s Corporation Counsel

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has appointed Keith Lerminiaux as corporation counsel. Lerminiaux, who has practiced law for 32 years, has worked for the Office of Corporation Counsel since 2000, most recently as deputy corporation counsel where he supervised some of the county’s high-profile litigation matters. He assumes his new duties May 1.
“Keith is a lawyer’s lawyer,” Patterson said. “His experience and acumen make him the natural choice for the job.”
Lerminiaux said he plans to make the transition from deputy to corporation counsel seamless. “Corporation Counsel has been providing excellent legal services to the county, its elected officials, and employees. It is my goal to ensure that continues.”
Prior to joining Oakland County, Lerminiaux was a partner at Dickinson Wright PLLC from 1990-2000 and Vandeveer Garzia from 1980-1990. He began his legal career as an associate at Cummings McClorey in 1979. He received his juris doctor from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law in 1979 and earned a bachelor of science in criminal justice from Michigan State University in 1976. He also is a member of the Oakland County, Michigan, and American bar associations.
Lerminiaux, 58, lives in Plymouth Township with his wife Patricia. He has a son, daughter, and two stepdaughters.

Hon. Stephen P. Carras appointed chief judge of Midland courts

Hon. Stephen P. Carras, a judge of the 75th District Court in Midland, will serve as chief judge of Midland County’s circuit, probate, and district courts, the Michigan Supreme Court announced today.
Carras previously served as chief judge pro tem of the Midland courts. He succeeds Midland Circuit Judge Jonathan E. Lauderbach, the former chief judge of the Midland courts, who has resigned from the bench to return to the private practice of law.
Carras will serve the balance of Lauderbach’s chief judge term, ending December 31, 2013.
Carras was elected to the 75th District Court in 2006. He earned his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He also has a Master of Laws degree from Wayne State University Law School.
The Michigan Supreme Court appoints the chief judges of the trial courts and the Michigan Court of Appeals; chief judges serve two-year terms and may be re-appointed to serve more terms. Chief judges’ duties include directing court administration, counseling other judges in the performance of their duties, and representing their courts with other branches of government and the public.