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​Third District Judges

Jane M. Beckering

Judge Beckering has served on the Court of Appeals since 2007. Before taking the bench, Judge Beckering was an attorney in private practice for 17 years. She began her career at McDermott, Will & Emery, P.C. in Chicago, Illinois, before she returned to her hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan and later founded the law firm of Buchanan & Beckering, PLC. She received her undergraduate degree (with distinction) from the University of Michigan and her law degree (cum laude) from the University of Wisconsin. Judge Beckering is a member of the Michigan Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions and the Steering Committee for the Hillman Trial Advocacy Program.  She also participates in the National Research Judge Program run by the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center (ASTAR).  She is co-editor of Michigan Civil Procedure, published by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
Term expires January 1, 2019.
 

Mark T. Boonstra

Judge Boonstra was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Rick Snyder in March, 2012, and he was subsequently elected in 2012 and 2014. Prior to serving on the Court, Judge Boonstra was a senior principal in the law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C., where he practiced law for 27 years, including serving as a Deputy Chair of the firm's Litigation practice group and as Co-Chair of its Appellate Practice section. At the time he joined the Court, he was recognized in Best Lawyers in America in the areas of: Antitrust Law; Appellate Practice; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Antitrust; Litigation - First Amendment; and Litigation - Securities. He previously also served as a Law Clerk to Hon. Ralph B. Guy, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan from 1983 to 1985.
 
Judge Boonstra graduated from the University of Michigan in 1983 with both a Juris Doctor degree and with a Master of Applied Economics Degree. He is also a 1979 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Michigan State University, with a B.A. in Political Science. A native of Muskegon, Michigan, Judge Boonstra graduated from Western Michigan Christian High School in 1975. 
 
Judge Boonstra has been active in the State Bar of Michigan, including serving in the Representative Assembly (2005-2011), as Chair of the Section on Antitrust, Franchising, and Trade Regulation (2000-2001), and is a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. He also currently serves as Chair of the Michigan Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions, and as Chair of the Michigan Judges Retirement Board. Judge Boonstra has also served in a leadership capacity in a variety of other community and civic organizations.
Term expires January 1, 2021.  
 

Joel P. Hoekstra

Judge Hoekstra was elected to the Court in 1994. Previously, he worked as an assistant Kent County prosecuting attorney, as a district court judge, and as an adjunct faculty member of Calvin College. Judge Hoekstra received his bachelor's degree from Calvin College and his law degree from Valparaiso University.
Term expires January 1, 2017.
 

Jane E. Markey

Judge Markey was elected to the Court in 1994. Previously, she had served as a district court judge, she was a prehearing attorney and law clerk for the Michigan Court of Appeals, and she worked as an attorney in private practice. Judge Markey received her bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Term expires January 1, 2021.
 

William B. Murphy

Judge Murphy was appointed to the Court in 1988. Judge Murphy served as Chief Judge Pro Tem from 1992-96. In November 2009, Judge Murphy was selected as the eighth Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals. Prior to joining the Court, he was a member of the East Grand Rapids City Commission, a law clerk for the Michigan Court of Appeals, and he worked as an attorney in private practice for 17 years. Judge Murphy has served and continues to serve on numerous civic and bar related organizations and participates regularly as a guest lecturer to students and lawyers. He is an Adjunct Professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  Judge Murphy serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal.  Judge Murphy received his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and his law degree from Wayne State University, cum laude.
Term expires January 1, 2019.
 

David H. Sawyer

Judge Sawyer was elected to the Court in 1986. Previously, he was the Kent County Prosecuting Attorney and a criminal justice teacher at Grand Rapids Junior College. Judge Sawyer received his bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona and his law degree from Valparaiso School of Law.
Term expires January 1, 2017.
 

Douglas B. Shapiro  

Judge Shapiro was appointed to the Court in 2009.  Before taking the bench, Judge Shapiro was in private practice for 17 years as a partner in the firm of Muth and Shapiro, PC, specializing in personal injury and civil rights litigation.  Earlier he represented indigent criminal defendants as an attorney with the State Appellate Defendant Office. He began his legal career as a law clerk to Justice James H. Brickley of the Michigan Supreme Court. He received his bachelor’s degree (with high distinction) from the University of Michigan and his law degree (cum laude), from the University of Michigan Law School. He also studied at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland.  He is a member of the Michigan Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions and the board of the Prisons and Corrections Section of the Michigan State Bar. 
Term expires January 1, 2019.