Daily Briefs

Snyder names Carla Testani to 3rd Circuit Court, Wayne County

Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday announced the appointment of Carla Testani to the 3rd Circuit Court, Wayne County.

“Carla has had a distinguished legal career, during which she has been actively involved in service to the profession and to her community,” Snyder said. “I am confident she will be an asset to the Wayne County bench.”

Testani has been in private practice since 1999, most recently at the Fausone Bohn law firm specializing in family law. She serves as vice chair on the Northville Township Zoning Board of Appeals.

Testani is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section, the Wayne County Family Law Bar Association (serving as president from 2014-2016), the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, the Federalist Society, the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers, the Italian American Bar Association of Michigan, and many other associations.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1995 and her law degree from Wayne State University in 1998. She fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Megan Brennan.

Testani must seek election in November 2020 for the remainder of the term.


Gov. Snyder appoints Anica Letica to Court of Appeals, 1st District

Gov. Rick Snyder Friday announced the appointment of Anica Letica to the Michigan Court of Appeals, 1st District.

“Anica Letica is a tireless worker who loves the law and has been recognized by her peers and appellate judges as one of the top appellate lawyers in Michigan,” Snyder said.  “Her experience and knowledge will benefit Michiganders greatly, and I look forward to seeing that in the years to come.”

Letica has been with the Michigan Department of Attorney General since 2009 where she handles appellate matters for the Criminal Division and for local prosecutors across the state. Prior to that she worked in the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office after starting her career as a law clerk at the Michigan Court of Appeals.

She is a member of the State Bar’s Appellate Practice and Criminal Law Sections, the National District Attorneys Association and the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan where she serves on the Appellate Prosecutors Committee, the Amicus Brief and Court Rules Committee, the Michigan Prosecutor’s Justice Initiative: Best Practices Committee, and the Rape Initiatives Committee.

Letica has received special recognition for her excellent work on cold-case sexual assaults. She also was a member of the ad hoc Circuit Court Appellate Rules Revision Committee that overhauled the circuit court appellate rules, adopted by the Michigan Supreme Court in 2011.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1982 and received her law degree from Wayne State University in 1985.

Letica fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Michael Talbot. She must seek election in 2020 for a six-year term.