McDonald announces for candidacy for Circuit Court bench

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Family law attorney Karen McDonald recently announced that she will be a candidate for judge for Oakland County Circuit Court. McDonald, who is a partner with the law firm Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer, & Weiss PC, is running to fill the position that will be left vacant by the retirement of Judge Edward Sosnick.

McDonald is an experienced litigator and advocate for families and children who brings nearly 20 years of professional experience to the bench. She attained a 100 percent jury trial conviction rate as a prosecutor with the Oakland County Prosecutor's office where she prosecuted felony matters, child sexual assault cases, and juvenile matters.

"My professional passion has always been children and their families," McDonald said. "While working for the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office, I often handled cases that dealt with child sexual assault. It was there I saw the critical role that the justice system plays in protecting families and I knew that my life's passion had found a home in the law.

"For the past seven years, I've been in private practice handling family law matters. I've worked directly with clients who are experiencing divorce, custody issues, adoption and various other family-related legal situations. My experience as both a prosecutor and family law attorney has given me a unique perspective on the issues facing our families as they navigate our judicial system. This experience has also given me the critical skills we need in our next family court judge," McDonald concluded.

McDonald's education includes a B.A. in English from Alma College and a law degree from Wayne State University where she graduated cum laude and was a law review editor. Her career began as a high school English teacher but she quickly realized her real passion lay in the law.

Her law career began as a research attorney for the Court of Appeals. In 1999 she joined the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office.

After joining Bodman LLP as a general commercial litigation associate in 2004, she began a career as a family law attorney at Jaffe Raitt where she practices to this day as an equity partner. She has focused her practice on family law, but has also handled general civil matters and the occasional criminal matter.

A committed community volunteer, McDonald serves as a Board Member for Starfish, a non-profit organization that helps underprivileged children and families in southwest Wayne County. She is married to attorney Jeffrey Weiss.

Published: Fri, Feb 17, 2012

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