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​Fourth District Judges

Stephen L. Borrello

Judge Borrello was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2003, elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2006. He served as an attorney and partner with the law firm Gilbert, Smith & Borrello, P.C. in Saginaw, Michigan. Judge Borrello also served as an assistant prosecuting attorney from 1988 to 1990 in Saginaw County. He earned his B.A. from Albion College and his J.D. from the Detroit College of Law. He is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Saginaw Valley State University where he teaches Criminal Procedure and Evidence.
Term expires January 1, 2019.
 

Michael J. Kelly

Judge Kelly was elected to the Court in 2008. After serving as a judicial advisory assistant to a circuit court judge, he worked as a trial lawyer in private practice for twenty years. He attended Michigan State University and earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan – Flint in 1984. Following his enrollment at the Detroit College of Law, he was accepted as a participant in the London Law Program at Regents College in London, England in 1987 and received his J.D. from the D.C.L. in 1988. He is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Ferris State University where he teaches Criminal Law and Procedure.
Term expires January 1, 2015.
 

Amy Ronayne Krause

Judge Amy Ronayne Krause has been on the Court of Appeals since December 2010. Previously, she served as a judge on the 54-A District Court in Lansing for nearly eight years. Judge Ronayne Krause received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and her Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame.
 
Judge Ronayne Krause began her legal career as a litigation attorney for a private law firm and then served eight years as an assistant prosecuting attorney. In 1997, she was appointed an assistant attorney general by then Attorney General Frank J. Kelley and was the first recipient of the Frank J. Kelley Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. Judge Ronayne Krause worked for the Attorney General's office for six years. Before taking the bench, Judge Ronayne Krause was elected to serve on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners, during which time she chaired the Law and Courts Committee. She is an adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School and has lectured for the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. She has also taught for the Michigan Judicial Institute, including teaching other district judges at the New Judges Seminar in 2007 and 2009. Judge Ronayne Krause also serves as faculty for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, training other judges on a national level.
 
In September 2007, Judge Ronayne Krause was recognized statewide for her outstanding work with the State Bar of Michigan's Champion of Justice Award. She has served her community as a board member of the Lansing Educational Advancement Foundation (LEAF), the Uplift Our Youth Foundation, and is currently on the American Red Cross Board of Directors for the Great Lakes Region. Judge Ronayne Krause was appointed in 2011 by the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader to the State Drug Treatment Court Advisory Committee and is currently Chair of the committee.
 
Judge Ronayne Krause and her husband, Kurt E. Krause, live in the mid-Michigan area.
Term expires January 1, 2015.
 

Patrick M. Meter

Judge Meter was appointed to the Court in 1999. Previously, he served as a judge of the Saginaw Circuit Court, and he worked as a prosecuting attorney for Saginaw County and as an attorney in private practice. Judge Meter received his bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Notre Dame.
Term expires January 1, 2015.
 

Peter D. O'Connell

​Judge Peter D. O’Connell was elected in 1994 and currently serves on the Michigan Court of Appeals in the Hall of Justice in Lansing, Michigan.  He was a District Court Judge for 16 years prior to his election to the Court of Appeals and also served as the Chief Assistant Prosecutor in Isabella County.  He holds a Juris Doctorate from Detroit College of Law and was the first trial judge in the State of Michigan to obtain a Masters of Judicial Studies Degree from the University of Nevada-Reno.  He has served on the faculty of the Michigan Judicial Institute, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, and the National Judicial College.  Judge O’Connell has also served as an instructor at New Judge’s School and is an adjunct professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Central Michigan University.  

Judge O’Connell has authored articles in the Detroit Law Review, Criminal Practice Law Review, Colleague, Benchmark, Michigan Bar Journal, and the case book entitled Social Science in the Law.  

Judge O’Connell has been on the bench since 1979.
Term expires January 1, 2019.
 

Donald S. Owens

Judge Owens was appointed to the Court in 1999, elected in 2000, and reelected in 2004 and 2010. Previously, he served as judge of the Ingham County Probate Court from 1974 to 1999. Before that, he was an attorney in private practice in Lansing. Judge Owens received his bachelor's, master's and law degrees from the University of Michigan.
Term expires, January 1, 2017.
 

William C. Whitbeck

Judge William C. Whitbeck has served on the Michigan Court of Appeals since Governor Engler appointed him in 1997. Judge Whitbeck was elected in 1998 and re-elected in 2004 and 2010.
 
In his years on the bench, Judge Whitbeck served six years as Chief Judge and two years as Chief Judge Pro Tem.
 
In private practice for over 20 years, Judge Whitbeck was a partner in the law firms of Honigman Miller, Dykema Gossett, and McLellan, Schlaybaugh & Whitbeck.
 
Judge Whitbeck also served in the administrations of three Michigan Governors: George Romney, William Milliken, and John Engler. He served on the transition teams of President Ronald Reagan and Governor Engler. Judge Whitbeck served in the U.S. Army Reserves for six years and was honorably discharged in 1972.
 
Judge Whitbeck was an Assistant to Governor Romney, Special Assistant to Secretary Romney at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Area Director of the Detroit Office of H.U.D. In the Milliken administration, he served as Director of Policy in the Michigan Public Service Commission. He served as Counsel to Governor Engler for Executive Organization and Director of the Office of State Employer.
 
Judge Whitbeck is a member of the Michigan State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Ingham County Bar Association, the Michigan Judges Association, the Michigan Law Revision Commission, and Scribes. He is a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar and ABA Foundations. He is a past Chairman of the Administrative Law Section of the Michigan State Bar Association. He is a “Master of the Bench” and past President of the American Inns of Court Chapter at the MSU College of Law. He is also a past Chair of the Michigan Historical Commission.
 
Judge Whitbeck graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1966 and Northwestern University School of Journalism in 1963. Judge Whitbeck and his wife are members of St. Mary Cathedral. They reside in Lansing’s capitol district in their historic 1878 home. Judge Whitbeck has written his first legal mystery, To Account for Murder, which was published in November 2010.
Term expires January 1, 2017. 
 

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