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David Perkins appointed to 36th District Court

Jan. 23, 2014

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of David Perkins, of Detroit, to the 36th District Court, which serves the city of Detroit.

“David has decades of experience in the profession, all in Detroit, and is a natural fit for this position,” Snyder said. “I am confident he will be a great addition to the bench.”

Perkins is court referee for the 3rd Circuit Court’s Family Division, where he presides over neglect and delinquency juvenile cases, and serves as jurist for the juvenile drug court and teen court. Prior to joining the circuit court in 1997, Perkins was magistrate for the 30th District Court, and served as a general practitioner for his own law firm. He also previously was a partner at the Law Offices of Dozier, Turner, Braceful & Perkins, an assistant corporate counsel for Wayne County, and served as a judge advocate in the Michigan Air National Guard.

He is a member and past-president of the Association of Black Judges of Michigan, a member and past president of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association, a board member of the Wolverine Bar Association, as well as a member of the state Bar of Michigan, National Bar Association, and American Bar Association. Perkins is also active in his community, serving on numerous boards.

Perkins has a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Rutgers University and a degree from the Howard University School of Law. He replaces Judge Paula Humphries, who resigned, and will need to run for election in November 2014 to serve a full six-year term.