Judicial Biographies

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

 

 

James C. Kingsley Chief Circuit Court Judge, term ending 01/01/15
Portrait-Kingsley 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
Albion, Michigan
Education
B.A., with high honors, 1963, Albion College, Albion, Michigan
J.D., 1966, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
Legal Experience
Research Assistant, American Bar Foundation, 1964 - 1966
Admitted to State Courts of Michigan in 1966
Admitted to Federal District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan in 1967
Admitted to Supreme Court of the United States in 1972
Assistant County Prosecuting Attorney, 1967 - 1968
Partner, Brundage and Kingsley, 1969 - 1973
Partner, Kingsley, Tuck and Garrison, 1974 - appointment as Circuit Court Judge in 1982
City Attorney, Albion, Michigan, 1973 - 1982
Village Attorney, Union City, Michigan, 1967 - 1982
Judicial Experience
Circuit Court Judge for the 37th Judicial Circuit, 1982 to date
Chief Circuit Court Judge for the 37th Judicial Circuit, 1984 - 1993 & 2012-2013
Served on Michigan Court of Appeals by assignment
Teaching Experience
Lecturer and program consultant for Michigan Judicial Institute
Lecturer at Albion College
Lecturer, Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Professional Memberships
Elected member of the Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission, 2000
Elected to Fellows of Michigan State Bar Foundation, 1996
State Bar of Michigan
Chair of the Judicial Conference, 1997
Appointed by Michigan Supreme Court to State Bar of Michigan Representatives Assembly, 1976 - 1985
Appointed by Michigan Supreme Court to Task Force on Gender Bias in the Courts,1988 - 1989
Elected to Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the State Bar of Michigan, 1989 - present
Calhoun County Bar Association (President, 1975)
Michigan Judges Association
President, 1996
Chairman, Judicial Tenure Commission, 2005-2006
Member of Executive Committee, 1986 - present
Member of MJA/MAC Liaison Committee
Chair of Legislative Committee
Member, State Bar of Michigan Judicial Crossroads Task Force
Boards and Directorships
President, Calhoun County Bar Association, 1975
President, Board of Directors of Albion Area United Fund
President, Albion College Alumni Association, 1976
Member of Albion College Board of Trustees and Finance Committee, 1976 - 1979
Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1973 - 1975
Member of Advisory Board of Directors of City Bank & Trust Co., N.A., 1974 - 1982
Member of Board of Directors of Michigan United Fund, 1969 - 1970
Member of Finance Committee and Board of Trustees of First United Methodist Church, Albion, Michigan
 

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Brian K. Kirkham Circuit Court Judge, term ending 01/01/15
 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
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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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 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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Conrad J. Sindt Circuit Court Judge, term ending 01/01/19
Portrait-Sindt 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
B.A., 1969, Albion College, Albion, Michigan
J.D., 1976, Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
Legal Experience
Police Officer, Albion Police Department, 1968 - 1973
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Calhoun County, 1976 - 1980
Prosecuting Attorney, Calhoun County, 1981 - 1990
Judicial Experience
Circuit Court Judge for the 37th Judicial Circuit, 1991 to date
Chief Circuit Court Judge for the 37th Judicial Circuit, 1994 - 2001
Serves as Chief Judge Pro Tempore
Served on Michigan Court of Appeals by assignment
Professional Memberships
State Bar of Michigan
Calhoun County Bar Association

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