Gov. Rick Snyder appoints James Robert Redford to Court of Appeals, 3rd District

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Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of James Robert Redford to the Michigan Court of Appeals, 3rd District.

“Jim has had a distinguished career as a public servant, including time on the Kent County Circuit Court and in this administration,” Snyder said.  “His return to the bench will allow the Michigan Court of Appeals to continue its longstanding reputation for excellence and adherence to the rule of law.”

Redford is currently the director of the Military and Veteran’s Affairs Agency within the Michigan Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs. In that role, he has managed a comprehensive turnaround of the operation and functionality of Michigan’s homes for veterans. He has also spearheaded the creation and establishment of the new Veteran’s Facility Authority.

Redford received his law degree from the University of Detroit Law School in 1985 after earning his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University. He served active duty in the Navy for five years as an attorney and military judge before joining the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan. After four years as a partner at Plunkett & Cooney in Grand Rapids, he was elected as judge of the Kent County Circuit Court, serving from 2003 through 2015, including time as chief judge pro tem. He left the bench to serve as legal counsel to the Governor for one year before taking a position as director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. He is a lifelong Boy Scout, having attained the rank of Eagle Scout.