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County Corporation Counsel Honored by Michigan Lawyer's Weekly

Public Date: 8/30/2010 12:00 AM
Contact: Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1048

Pontiac, Michigan -- Oakland County Corporation Counsel Judith Cunningham is being honored by Michigan Lawyer's Weekly for her significant contributions to the law.

Michigan Lawyers Weekly features Cunningham in its August 30th "Women in the Law 2010" edition. She is among "20 influential leaders who are making waves with their energy, ideas, achievements and commitment to excellence," according to the publication.

"Judy's a real fighter for Oakland County taxpayers," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. "She truly deserves this recognition."

Cunningham has been with Oakland County government for more than 27 years, first as Circuit Court Administrator and Judicial Assistant. More than a decade ago, she was tapped by Patterson to serve as Corporation Counsel. She also serves as Vice President of the Oakland County Bar Association.

Under Cunningham's leadership, a vast majority of the County's legal work has been performed in house and not contracted out to private firms, saving the county thousands of dollars in legal costs.  The office also has an enviable record of resolving about 85% of the cases it's involved in without any payment by the County to litigants.

One of Cunningham's major achievements was as a chair of a committee to draft changes to Michigan's Jail Overcrowding Emergency Act. As a result of her efforts and those of her committee members, changes in the law were adopted that now make it easier for counties to manage chronic jail overcrowding while still protecting public safety.

The Corporation Counsel's office has been recognized by the National Association of Counties with an achievement award for its Intellectual Property program which protects the County's intellectual property assets.

"This recognition by the Michigan Lawyers Weekly is a real honor," said Cunningham. "But I owe much of my achievement to a great staff who work diligently and tirelessly to represent and protect Oakland County.  I am also privileged to have had the opportunity to mentor young lawyers and others in County government.  It's been a real pleasure."  

Cunningham will be honored with others at a September 16th awards luncheon at the Detroit Marriott, Troy. For more information, go to www.milawyersweekly.com.

For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer, at 248-858-1048.