Judge Moore to receive OCBA Distinguished Public Servant Award

The Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA) will present its 2010 "Distinguished Public Servant Award" to Oakland County Probate Court Judge Eugene Arthur Moore. The award is designed to recognize an individual employed in the public sector who has provided exceptional voluntary service and dedication to the Bar Association, the legal community, and the general public.

The award will be presented to Moore at the Marriott at Centerpoint in Pontiac on Thursday, June 3, preceding the OCBA's Annual Meeting scheduled at 4:30 p.m. The award acknowledges Moore's numerous leadership responsibilities (past and present), countless volunteer roles, and sound judicial temperament.

"Moore is the dean of judges. He has served the longest of any jurist here," said Kurt Schnelz, president of the Oakland County Bar Association. "His distinguished career in public service deserves to be recognized. He is nationally known for his contributions to juvenile law and probate law. He is a national expert."

Moore received his Bachelor of Arts and law degrees from the University of Michigan. Moore has devoted his entire career to public service. He was elected to the Probate Court in 1966, where he has served now for 44 years. The Michigan Supreme Court designated Moore as Probate Court chief judge for 2010. He was chosen to lead the Probate Court as chief judge twice before in 1989 and again in 2004.

In addition to his judicial duties, Moore has served on numerous boards and committees. He is past president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, past president of the Michigan Probate Judges Association, and past vice chair of the Michigan Trial Court Assessment Commission. He is member of the Board of Fellows for the National Center for Juvenile Justice in Pennsylvania and elected member of the Judicial Tenure Commission. Moore is board chair of Starr Commonwealth and serves on the Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Moore has received numerous honors from civic groups and legal community service programs which include the Gerald G. Hicks "Child Welfare Leadership" award, Birmingham Jaycees "Distinguished Service Award," National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges "Meritorious Service to the Juvenile Courts of America by a Judge" award, North Oakland NAACP "Judicial Award," Cranbrook Schools "Distinguished Alumni Award," Starr Commonwealth "Child Advocacy Award," and the 6th Circuit Court "Arthur Eugene Moore Champion of Children Award."

Moore lectured for 20 years as an adjunct professor of law at Detroit College of Law teaching Probate Procedure and Juvenile Law. He was also an instructor for the Michigan Judicial Institute and National College for Juvenile Justice in Nevada. He is trustee of the Kingsbury Country Day School, Crossroads for Youth, and Trustee Emeritus of the Cranbrook Educational Community.

Upon receiving this recognition, Moore commented, "Volunteers and outstanding staff are what make our judicial system work."

Published: Wed, Jun 2, 2010