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Appointment made to Appellate Defender Commission

Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of former Judge William Caprathe, of Bay City, to the Michigan Appellate Defender Commission.

The Michigan Appellate Defender Commission is responsible for the development of a system of indigent appellate defense services.

“Judge Caprathe is an accomplished jurist and will be a great asset to the commission,” Snyder said.

Caprathe was first elected Circuit Court Judge of the 18th Circuit in 1980, where he served until his retirement in 2010. Caprathe currently operates a mediation and facilitation business, associated with Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan LLC. Prior to serving as a judge, he spent 14 years as a trial attorney. Caprathe is involved with numerous organizations, and has been a faculty member of the Michigan Judicial Institute since 1983. He holds a bachelor’s of business administration from Michigan State University and a degree from the Detroit College of Law.

Caprathe will serve a four-year term expiring May 24, 2017, and his appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.