Hon. Michael Warren

The Honorable Michael Warren was appointed to the Oakland Circuit Court in December 2002 by Governor John Engler; elected in 2004, 2006, 2012 and 2018; Presiding Judge, General Civil/Criminal Division, 2010-2013; 2015-2017

  • Sponsor and initial pilot Judge, Oakland County Circuit Court Data Management System project (eFiling and paperless courtroom), 2004-present
  • Visiting and Adjunct Professor, Constitutional Law, Western Michigan Cooley Law School
  • Co-creator, Patriot Week (patriotweek.org)
  • Co-producer, Patriot Lessons (Birmingham/Bloomfield Community TV)
  • Author: America's Survival Guide - How to Stop America's Impending Suicide by Reclaiming Our First Principles and History (Mill City Press, 2007)
  • Member, Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions, 2008–2017
  • Member, Outreach Committee, 2015-present; Rules Committee, 2015; Michigan Judges Association
  • Member, Oakland County Bar Association Diversity Committee, 2010-2016
  • Author: Constitutional Law, Wayne Law Review, 2010, 2011 & 2018; Contempt of Court (How-to-Kit), Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2005; Why Ignoring Contempt of Court Undermines Justice, the Rule of Law, and Republican Self-Government (Engage), 2006; and various guest commentaries in the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Oakland Press, and other newspapers
  • Member, State Board of Education, 1999-2002; Secretary, 2001-2002
  • Chair, State Board of Education Task Force on Embracing the Information Age, 2001-2002
  • Member, State Board of Education Task Force on Social Studies, 2004
  • Executive Director and counsel, 2001-2002, and Secretary-Treasurer, 2004-2009, for The New Common School Foundation
  • Partner and Associate, Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP, with experience in appellate work and litigation; corporations, securities and mergers; and education law, 1994-1995; 1997-2001
  • Legal and policy advisor for the State Board of Education, 1995-1997
  • Michigan Supreme Court Judicial Clerk for Justice Dorothy Comstock Riley, 1992-1994
  • Graduate of the University of Michigan Law School (Juris Doctor Degree, Cum Laude) and Wayne State University (Bachelor of Arts Honors History, Magna Cum Laude)
  • Trustee: Michigan Council on Economics Education
  • Chair, Oakland County Bicentennial Study Group and Bicentennial Executive Committee, 2017-2019
  • Chair and Board Member, Cornerstone Schools Association and Cornerstone Education Group, 2010-2019
  • Recipient: Judge of the Decade (2019) and Judge of the Year (2018), International Association of Top Professionals; Distinguished Public Servant Award, Oakland County Bar Association; Distinguished Jurist Award, Women’s Bar Association/Oakland Region; H. Wallace Parker Preserving Justice Award, Northern Oakland County Branch NAACP; the Great Influence Award, Michigan Council for the Social Studies, Special Tribute, Michigan Legislature
  • Leader, Inn at Court, 2005 - 2009
  • Member, Oakland County Bar Association Circuit Court Committee, 2003 - 2007
  • Chair (2018-2020): Oakland County Bicentennial Committee



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