Daily Briefs

Murphy named to 53rd District Court in Livingston County

Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday appointed Shauna Murphy of Brighton to the 53rd District Court in Livingston County.

Whether as an Assistant Attorney General, an assistant county prosecutor, or in private practice, Shauna Murphy has shown a passion for, and commitment to, the rule of law, Snyder said. I know she will be an exemplary district court judge.

Murphy is a 2003 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law, and also received her ungraduated degree from Michigan State. Since February 2014, she has served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Michigan Department of Attorney General handling complex health care fraud cases, both in civil and criminal contexts. Prior to that, she served as an assistant prosecutor in the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office, and in private practice in Southfield.

Murphy fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge L. Suzanne Geddis. She must seek election in November 2020 for a full term.


Whitmer names much of Cabinet, including 9 department heads

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer has named additional members of her Cabinet, including the state's top environmental regulator and the leader of a transportation agency she says needs more funding to fix the roads.

The Democrat on Thursday announced Paul Ajegba to serve as director of the Department of Transportation. He has worked at MDOT 28 years.

Liesl Eichler Clark, co-founder of a clean-energy policy consulting firm, will lead the Department of Environmental Quality. The agency came under fire for Flint's water crisis.

Whitmer also named directors of the natural resources, agriculture, state police, military, licensing and insurance departments. She is keeping Heidi Washington on as director of the Department of Corrections.
Washington was appointed by outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.


FBA to present  ‘From Courtroom to  Classroom’ Jan. 11

The Federal Bar Association Eastern District of Michigan’s Diversity Committee presents “From Classroom to Courtroom” on Friday, January 11 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with check-in at 8:45 a.m. It will be held at the Theodore Levin Courthouse, 231 W. Lafayette Blvd. Room 115 in Detroit. The event is free to attend and will offer Michigan’s law students a chance to turn classroom skills into a federal court practice.
Lunch is included and a panel of federal court practitioners will explain how they got their start.