Susan Murphy named Jackson County juvenile attorney/referee


By Frank Weir

Legal News

Susan Murphy, deputy city attorney in Jackson since 2003, has accepted the position of Jackson County juvenile attorney/referee replacing the recently retired Ivy Arbuckle.

Murphy's last day with the City Attorney's office is Feb. 11.

She earned her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School graduating in 1993 after earning a bachelor's degree from Bryant University in Smithfield Rhode Island.

She was an assistant prosecuting attorney in Sandusky, Michigan, before coming to Jackson.

She has taught at Cooley Law School as well as at Spring Arbor University and is very active in the local community.

She has been a member of Jackson Business and Professional Women since 2004 and currently serves as president of the Michigan Federation of Business and Professional Women, a state post.

Also, she is one of two representatives for the local bar association on the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly.

She is a member of state and local bar associations and of Center State Jackson. She has previously served as vice president and president of Center Stage and as vice president of the Jackson County Bar Association.

In her new role, Murphy will conduct hearings where juveniles are charged with offenses that are similar to adult misdemeanors and felonies, and where parents, guardians, or custodians are alleged to have abused or neglected children in their care.

The position also assists as a Friend of the Court Referee holding hearings in domestic relations matters.

Murphy said that she is excited about joining the Family Court as the juvenile referee.

She feels her prior employment as a Sanilac County assistant prosecutor gives her the background needed to be successful in the Family Court matters involving juvenile delinquency, abuse /neglect, and friend of the court issues.

"I've enjoyed working at the City of Jackson and will miss being involved with the business community working to make Jackson stronger.

"And I am pleased that I'll be remaining in Jackson in my new position, so I can continue to participate with the many non-profits with whom I have established a relationship.

"I'm also looking forward to the impact this new position will have in my teaching duties with Cooley Law School where I teach second and third year law students.

"Changing from the lawyer/advocate to an adjudicator will help instill in my students that their legal education can lead them through many facets of the legal system including civil and criminal, public and private."

Published: Mon, Feb 14, 2011


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