Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Kathleen Hemingway of Portage to the 8th District Court in Kalamazoo County.
“Through her career and community involvement, Kathleen Hemingway has demonstrated a strong commitment to making Kalamazoo County a better place to live and work,” Snyder said. “I am confident she will continue these efforts in her new position.”
Hemingway has been an assistant prosecuting attorney in Kalamazoo County since 2007, where she is assigned cases involving controlled substance and firearms offenses, as well as violent crimes against persons. She is currently the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team prosecutor, where she has played a key role in launching the priority offender program, focused on prosecuting the most violent offenders.
Hemingway’s community involvement includes board positions on the Portage Community Center and Volunteer Kalamazoo. She was awarded both the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief’s Award of Excellence and the Carrie L. Klein Leadership Award in 2016. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and was recently elected vice president of the Kalamazoo County Bar Association.
Hemingway earned a bachelor’s degree from Hope College in 2002 and her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2007. She fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Robert Kropf. Hemingway must seek election in November 2018 for the remainder of the term.