Dennis N. Powers
52nd District Court Judge
Judge Dennis N. Powers joined The First Division of the 52nd District Court on May 11, 1998, and then began a two year term as Presiding Judge on January 1, 2000, and a second two year term beginning January 1, 2006.
Judge Powers received his law degree from Detroit College of Law in 1974. He also received AB and MA degrees from the University of Detroit and completed off-campus courses and both Harvard Business School and Wharton School of Finance. He recently completed a course in Financial Statements/Accounting for the courtroom as well as attending the George Mason law School in Virginia where he completed a court in legal economics in 2010. He has attended many programs aimed at understanding and deterring repeat offenders in alcohol & drug cases.
Prior to Judge Powers’ appointment to the District Court bench, he served as Commissioner for Oakland County from 1993 through January of 1998. On March 30, 1981, Judge Dennis N. Powers was admitted and qualified as an attorney and counselor of the Supreme Court of the United States of America. In 1992, Judge Powers received the Governor’s “Keep Michigan Beautiful” Award.
Judge Powers is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Oakland County Bar Association, Michigan District Judges Association, and the Oakland County District Judge’s Association. He is a member and past president of the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers. He is past president of the Oakland County District Judges Association. Additionally, Judge Powers is part of a program entitled “Teen Court”, about which he co-authored an article for the February 2004 Michigan State Bar Journal. Judge Powers co-authored a second article for the March, 2006 Michigan State Bar Journal on the efficacy of the “SCRAM” alcohol tether unit under FRYE/DAULBERT rulings. In September 2009, Judge Powers co-authored a third article for the Michigan State Bar Journal on Preliminary Examinations and Probable Cause.
Judge Powers remains an active member of his community and is a past President of the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce. He is a proud member of the American Legion and the AMVETS, Post 2006.