Snyder appoints Audrey Van Alst to 84th District Court
Oct. 23, 2013
LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Audrey Van Alst, of Cadillac, to the 84th District Court serving Wexford and Missaukee counties.
“Audrey is an accomplished legal professional with nearly two decades of experience serving the people of her community,” Snyder said. “I am confident she will be an excellent judge.”
Van Alst currently serves as the director of the friend of the court for Wexford and Missaukee counties, where she manages a 12-person staff that helps the family division with child custody, parenting and child support cases. She previously worked for 16 years as a lawyer in private practice, specializing in family law, including divorce, paternity, child custody and adoption. During her time in private practice, she served as Wexford County Attorney Magistrate. She worked in the Wexford County public defender’s office representing indigent defense clients, including juveniles, and parents and children in abuse cases. Van Alst also taught criminal justice at the Baker College Cadillac campus for two years.
She is a member of the Michigan Bar Association and the Wexford/Missaukee Bar Association. She earned a degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University.
Van Alst fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge David Hogg and must seek election in November 2014 to serve a full term.