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​​Second District Judges

 

Mark J. Cavanagh

Judge Cavanagh was elected to the Court in 1988. Previously, he worked as a special assistant attorney general, as an assistant Wayne County prosecutor, and as an attorney in private practice. Judge Cavanagh received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from the Detroit College of Law.
Term expires January 1, 2021.
 

Elizabeth L. Gleicher

Judge Gleicher was appointed to the Court in 2007. Previously, she was an attorney in private practice for twenty-seven years. She began her career at Goodman, Eden, Millender & Bedrosian in Detroit, and opened her own litigation practice in 1994. She is an elected Fellow of the International Society of Barristers (2004) and the American College of Trial Lawyers (2005). She received the Respected Advocate Award from the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel in 2005 and the State Bar of Michigan Champion of Justice Award in 2001. Judge Gleicher has served on the faculty of the Institute for Continuing Legal Education and as an Adjunct Professor at Wayne State University Law School. She received her bachelor's degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and her law degree from Wayne State University Law School.
Term expires January 1, 2019.
 
Judge Jansen was appointed to the Court in 1989.  In 1982 she was elected to the Macomb County Probate Court, being the first woman elected to that Court, and in 1984, she was the first woman elected to the Macomb County Circuit Court.  Prior to her elections, she worked as an attorney in private practice.  Judge Jansen received her bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and her law degree from the University of Detroit Law School. 
Term expires January 1, 2019.
 

COLLEEN A. O'BRIEN 

Judge Colleen O’Brien was appointed to the Court of Appeals in October of 2015.  She graduated from the University of Michigan in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and from the Detroit College of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 1981.  Judge O’Brien practiced law for 17 years prior to being elected to the Oakland County Circuit Court in 1998.  As a Circuit Judge, she served as the Presiding Judge of the Female Adult Treatment Court for twelve years and as the Presiding Judge of the Civil/Criminal Division for several years. 
 
Judge O’Brien is a long time member of the Michigan Judges Association and served as President in 2015.  She has also served as President of the Oakland County Women’s Bar Association and served on the Board of Directors of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan.  An active member of the Oakland County Bar Association, Judge O’Brien received the Distinguished Public Servant Award in 2011.
 
Judge O’Brien’s civic activities include serving on the Advisory Board to Crossroads for Youth, serving as a member of the Indigent Defense Advisory Commission, and serving as a member of the Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Term expires January 1, 2023.
 

Deborah A. Servitto

Judge Deborah A. Servitto was born February 17, 1956, in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Oakland University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and from the Detroit College of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in 1982.
 
She served from 1982 to 1986 as the first female assistant city attorney for the city of Warren. In 1986, Judge Servitto was elected to the 37th District Court. Governor James J. Blanchard appointed Judge Servitto to the Macomb Circuit Court in 1990, and she subsequently was elected three times to that court. Governor Jennifer M. Granholm appointed Judge Servitto to the Court of Appeals effective March 23, 2006, to replace Judge Hilda R. Gage.
 
During her tenure as a circuit judge, Judge Servitto was instrumental in implementing innovative programs, such as a seminar for divorcing parents aimed at helping their children cope with divorce and a drug court program that provides treatment and intensive supervision to nonviolent, drug-addicted felons. She was also one of the founding directors of Care House, a child-friendly haven for young victims of sexual and physical abuse.
Term expires January 1, 2019.
 

JONATHAN TUKEL

Jonathan Tukel was appointed to the Court of Appeals in December 2017. Prior to his appointment he worked for the United States Department of Justice in Detroit as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, where he handled a wide variety of cases, including public corruption, narcotics and fraud. For the ten years prior to his appointment to the bench, he supervised the National Security Unit, handling cases involving international and domestic terrorism and terrorist financing.

Since 2009, Judge Tukel has taught a seminar in Federal Criminal Prosecution and Defense at the University of Michigan Law School. He was voted a “Leader in the Law” for 2012 by the state-wide publication Michigan Lawyers Weekly and that same year was a recipient of the Attorney General Award, the Department of Justice’s highest, given in recognition of his “Excellence in Furthering the Interest in U.S. National Security.” During his career at the Department of Justice he lectured at the National Counter Terrorism Center, the FBI Academy, the Department of Justice’s National Security Conference, and at the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. He also has served as the chairman of a Michigan Attorney Discipline Board Hearing Panel.

Judge Tukel graduated from the University of Michigan in 1982, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in Philosophy. In 1988 he graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, Magna Cum Laude, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Judge Tukel and his wife live with their three children in Oakland County.
Term expires January 1, 2021.