Governor makes 3 appointments to bench

prev
next

Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday announced the appointment of Larry Williams, of Detroit, to the 36th District Court, City of Detroit.

“Larry is a lifelong Detroit resident who is known throughout the Detroit legal community as a hard-working and fair attorney,” Snyder said.

Williams has been an assistant prosecuting attorney in Wayne County since he began his legal career in 2000. He currently serves in the special victims unit and previously served in the warrants, district courts and juvenile divisions. He is involved in the tutoring program at the Detroit Public Library for K-12 students and has worked with the Wayne County Juvenile Drug Court as an attorney and mentor. Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Wayne State University. He fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Miriam B. Martin-Clark.

Williams must seek election in Nov. 2016 for a full term.

In addition, Snyder announced the appointment of Karen Valvo, of Ann Arbor, to the 15th District Court, City of Ann Arbor.

“Through many years of practicing before the 15th District Court, Karen Valvo has established an excellent reputation in the Ann Arbor legal community and has acquired a detailed knowledge of the district court’s problem-solving specialty dockets that will serve Ann Arbor residents well,” Snyder said.

Valvo currently serves as a partner with the law firm of Fink & Valvo, with a primary practice of family law, mediation and arbitration, landlord/tenant issues, real estate transactions, along with probate and general civil litigation. She has also handled criminal matters as an appointed defense attorney. Valvo earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and public law and government from Eastern Michigan University and a law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. She fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Christopher S. Easthope.

Valvo must seek election in Nov. 2016 to be retained for the remainder of the term.

And finally, Snyder appointed attorney Michael Pope, of Ironwood, to the 32nd Circuit Court in Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties.

“Michael has a wide range of legal experience, a reputation of professional integrity, and a love for his community” Snyder said. “I am confident that his service on the bench will be an asset to the residents of Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties.”

Pope has been in private practice with Dean and Pope since 1993, focusing on a general insurance defense practice, including products liability, workers’ compensation, property claims, banking, business, criminal, real estate, family, and corporate law. He also teaches criminal law at Gogebic Community College. He currently serves on the board of the Ironwood-Hurley Rotary, is a member of the Ironwood Area Jaycees, and has been active in the Gogebic County Victim Services and a coach of youth sports. Pope earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and history from Alma College and a law degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy Law School. He fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Roy D. Gotham.

Pope must seek election in Nov. 2016 for the remainder of the term and again in 2020 for a full term.