I built my career working as a lawyer in our district courts.
Here's what I've learned: All too often, the legal system can be an unfair place. People are frequently treated unfairly and without respect, having their dignity stripped away.
I want the system to be better.
I want to restore justice and fairness to the court, to emphasize the presumption of innocence, to ensure everyone has the right to counsel, and encourage everyone to exercise their constitutional rights.
I want a better court environment for the litigants, staff, and attorneys. Court can be a friendly environment, where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, while maintaining the adversarial nature of the legal system.
I want a court that does not waste precious public resources. I want to take the court and its technology to the next level by utilizing existing technology to keep everyone safe – be it by using cameras to appear, touchless payment options, and mediations via the internet.
I want to be known as a fair-minded judge, known for crafting solutions that reflect justice and fairness, and that make sense to everyone involved.
To sum it up, I’m just a normal guy whose agenda is very simple: District courts can a be safe environment where everyone would be treated with fairness.
So I'm asking for your vote in the primary this August 4th.
I was born and raised in Michigan. My earliest years were spent in Birmingham and Southfield. As I grew up, my family finally settled in Beverly Hills, where I graduated from Birmingham Groves High School.
I obtained my undergrad degree in Human Resources Management from Ferris State University.
After Ferris, I knew I wanted to go into public service, so I went to Oakland University to obtain a Masters Degree in Public Administration.
While earning my masters degree, I was given a challenge: If I really wanted to do as much good in the world as I could, I would need to go to law school. So I accepted that challenge, and applied to Cooley Law School at Western Michigan University.
I didn't just rise to the challenge, I exceed it, and earned the Certificate of Merit for Advanced Criminal Procedure.
I began immediately working at the courts, first as a judicial clerk for Judge Bolle in the 52-4 District court, a defense attorney and then Assistant prosecutor for city of Clawson.
I expanded my practice, earning a qualification as certified mediator in family law. But for the majority of my career, I've been a public defender, and have been working with the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission for the past seven years.
Along the way, I married my wife, Kelly, who blessed me with two sons; Sebastian, aged 10 and Sage, 16 months.
All of this has hardened my belief in some very simple principles:
I believe the legal system should work fairly for everyone involved, be they rich or poor;
I believe that we are in desperate need of bail reform because a criminal offense shouldn't bankrupt anybody;
I believe we can leverage technology to operate courts efficiently and remotely for procedural matters, while ensuring defendant's rights of in-person exams and trials;
I believe that we have a legal system that works well when the right people are making the decisions.
It's why I'm asking for your vote on August 4, 2020.
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