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Listed below are the biographies for the following Circuit Court Judges:

 
 

 

John A. Hallacy Circuit Court Judge, term ending 01/01/17
Circuit Court Judge, John A. Hallacy Business
37th Judicial Circuit Court
Justice Center
161 East Michigan Avenue
Battle Creek, MI 49014-4066
Phone: (269) 969-6759
Fax: (269) 969-6536 (Not for document filing)
Education
1985 - Bachelor of Science Degree - Western Michigan University
1988 - Juris Doctorate Degree - Valparaiso University School of Law
 
Legal Experience
2001-2008 - Calhoun County Prosecuting Attorney
1997-2000 - Member, Michigan Parole Board
1991-1996 - Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
1988-1991 - Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
 
Judicial Experience
District Court Judge, 2009 to 2015
Circuit Court Judge, 2015 to Present
Serves as Chief Judge Pro Tempore, Calhoun County Courts, 2016 to Present
Professional Memberships
Michigan Bar Association
Calhoun County Bar Association
Michigan District Judges Association
History of this Seat on the Circuit Court
Public Act 125 of 1976 added this 3rd judgeship to the Circuit Court effective January 1, 1977.  Tenth District Judge Paul E. Nicolich, of Battle Creek, was elected to the new circuit judgeship in the November 1976 election and took office January 1, 1977.  Judge Nicolich was subsequently re-elected and served until his death March 24, 1990.  Ronald A. LeBeuf of Battle Creek was appointed by Governor James Blanchard and took office May 14, 1990.  Judge LeBeuf served until succeeded by then Calhoun County Prosecutor Conrad J. Sindt, of Albion Township, who defeated LeBeuf in the November 1990 election.  Judge Sindt began his service on the Circuit bench January 1, 1991, and has been re-elected since.  Judge Sindt retired September 30, 2015, prior to the completion of his term which expires January 1, 2019.  Governer Rick Snyder appointed Tenth District Court Chief Judge John A. Hallacy to replace Judge Sindt effective December 29, 2015.

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Brian K. Kirkham Circuit Court Judge, term ending 01/01/17
 Portrait-Kirkham Business
37th Judicial Circuit Court
Justice Center
161 East Michigan Avenue
Battle Creek, MI 49014-4066
Phone: (269) 969-6529
Fax: (269) 969-6621 (Not for document filing)
Home
Battle Creek, MI
Education
B.S. with honors, 1976, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
J.D. with distinction, 1983, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, MI
Legal Experience
Admitted to the State Courts of Michigan in May 1983;
Admitted to the Federal District Court in May 1983;
Admitted to Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Tribal Court in November 
2010;
Private practice 1983-2013.
Judicial Experience
Circuit Court Judge, appointed July, 2013
Circuit Court Judge, elected November, 2014
Served as Chief Circuit Judge Pro Tempore, 2015
Presiding Family Court Judge, 2016-Present
Boards and Directorships
Mayor of City of Battle Creek, 2001-03;
Battle Creek City Commissioner, 1997- 2003;
Calhoun County Republican Party - Past Chairman;
Battle Creek Unlimited Board of Directors;
Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors;
Greater Battle Creek Area Visitors and 
Convention Bureau (Past Chairman);
W.K. Kellogg Airport Advisory Committee;
Battle Creek Area American Business Clubs (Past Chairman);
Heritage Battle Creek Board (Past Chairman);
Washington Heights Community Ministries
(Past Chairman);
Goguac Lake Advisory Board (Past Chairman);
Criminal Justice Jail Construction Committee;
Boy Scouts of America - Organizational Rep-
resentative.
 
Professional Memberships
Calhoun County Bar Association (President-1993); State Bar of Michigan

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Sarah S. Lincoln Circuit Court Judge, term ending 01/01/21
 Judge Sarah S. Lincoln Business
37th Judicial Circuit Court
Justice Center
161 East Michigan Avenue
Battle Creek, MI 49014-4066
Phone: (269) 969-6502
Fax: (269) 969-6538 (Not for document filing)
Home
Marshall, Michigan
Education
B.A., 1995, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
J.D., 2000, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
Legal Experience
Admitted to State Courts of Michigan in November 2000
Assistant Muskegon County Prosecuting Attorney, 2000 - 2001
Assistant Calhoun County Prosecuting Attorney, 2001 - 2014
Judicial Experience
Circuit Court Judge, elected November 2014
Presiding Civil/Criminal Division Judge, 2016-Present
Teaching Experience
Adjunct Instructor at Kellogg Community College, Criminal Justice Program
Professional Memberships
State Bar of Michigan
Calhoun County Bar Association

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Stephen B. Miller Circuit Court Judge, term ending 01/01/17
Portrait-Miller Business
37th Judicial Circuit Court
Justice Center
161 East Michigan Avenue
Battle Creek, MI 49014-4066
Phone: (269) 969-6510
Fax: (269) 969-6537 (Not for document filing)
Home
Battle Creek, MI
Education
B.A., 1967, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
J.D., 1973, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Legal Experience
Admitted to the state courts of Michigan, 1973 Admitted to the Federal District Court for the Western District of Michigan, 1973
Legal Aid staff attorney, 1973-74
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Calhoun County, 1974-75
Private practice, 1975-76
Judicial Experience
District Court Judge for the 10th District Court
Appointed: January, 1977
Elected: November, 1978
Re-elected: November, 1984
Circuit Court Judge for the 37th Circuit Court, 1987 to present
Served as Family Division Presiding Judge
Served on Michigan Court of Appeals by assignment
Professional Memberships
Member, Calhoun County Bar Association
Member, Michigan Judges Association
Member, State Bar of Michigan
 

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