MJA accepting nominations for the Hilda Gage Judicial Excellence Award by July 20

The Michigan Judges Association (MJA) is accepting nominations for its Hilda Gage Judicial Excellence Award, named in honor of the late Judge Hilda Gage, who served on the Court of Appeals and Oakland Circuit Bench before her death in 2010. Renowned for courage and scholarship, she was the first female president of MJA, and the first female chairperson of the Judicial Tenure Commission.

In 2010, MJA created the Hilda Gage Award to recognize judicial excellence. Each year, the association recognizes a current or former judge who demonstrates: Competence in docket management and managing trials; and contributions to the profession, to legal scholarship, and to the community.

The nominee must be a member in good standing of the MJA and must have served as a court of appeals or circuit court judge. Nominations are evaluated by a blue-ribbon committee consisting of attorneys and both current and former judges. The nomination package should include: a nomination form, curriculum vitae, and supporting letters or other information.

Complete and submit the nomination form online via the MJA website, or print the nomination form, and submit with the supporting information.

Nominations must be submitted by July 20 to: Hon. Jon Hulsing, 20th Circuit Court, Ottawa County, 414 Washington St., Ste. 300, Grand Haven, MI 49417; or email them to jhulsing@miottawa.org.