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A Look Back at the Summer Soiree’

During the Michigan Supreme Court Judicial Conference in Grand Rapids several ABJM members gathered for dinner at 40 Acres Soul Kitchen which is owned by the family of Judge Angela Ross. To learn more about the restaurant visit If you have pictures from the conference you would like to share on this website please send them to our webmaster Judge Lillard

Michigan Supreme Court Grants our request for an independent audit of the JTC

2023-06-14 CJ Clement Ltr to NAACP re Request for Audit of JTC

ABJM Partners with the Michigan Judges Association & the Michigan Probate Judges Association in objection to the Amendments to the Michigan Court Rules sought by the Judicial Tenure Commission

The ABJM Ethics Committee worked in partnership with the leadership of the leadership of the Michigan Judges and Probate Judges Associations to draft a joint objection to the proposed court rules modifications regarding confidentiality being sought by the Judicial Tenure Commission. We hope that this is the start of a continued partnership between ABJM and the other judicial organizations that will lead to much needed reform and improvements the JTC process.

*MDJA declined to participate in the joint objection.

Click the link below to read the joint objection that was filed

3.31.2023 Proposed Amendments to Michigan Court Rules_.docx

ABJM also partnered with the Michigan Judges Association, Michigan Probate Judges Association and the Michigan District Court Judges Association to respond to the proposed amendments to the court rules regarding pronouns. Click the link below to see the joint response that was filed.

Joint position letter2

ACLU & NAACP Join ABJM in Our Request to the Michigan Supreme Court for an Independent Audit of the Judicial Tenure Commission

Click the links below to review ACLU of Michigan’s and NAACP Detroit Branch’s letters to the Michigan Supreme Court.

ACLU_Letter_to_MSC.pdf (

NAACPLetter_to_Elizabeth_Clement_042523.pdf (

MSC_letter_final_version_March_27.pdf (

MSC_stats.pdf (

2023 Worship Service

In case you missed the worship service or just want to reexperience it click on the link below to watch the recording of the livestream on the Empowerment Church YouTube channel

Historical Committee Report for September 2022 meeting

Date: August 30, 2022

  1. ABJM held Inaugural Retreat in Historic Idlewild , Michigan from July 22- July 24, 2022.
  2. A group photo of retreat participants was taken by Judge Terrance A. Keith. Judges in the photo will be identified for historic preservation. Click here to read the full report. Download the full ABJM 2022 Retreat program here

If you would like to see more of the wonderful photos taken by Judge Keith Click on the Link Below


Join us for ABJM’s Annual Worship Service February 18, 2024, at 3:00 p.m.,
hosted by Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, MI

Panel Discussion will be held at 2:00 p.m.

Annual Worship Service Informational Booklet


Register Here

Historically, ABJM makes a collective donation to the church hosting the worship service.  We will collect contributions from individual judges attending the worship service for this donation however you may submit your donation online in advance using PayPal if you wish.   You do not have to attend the worship service to make a donation.  To contribute using the ABJM PayPal use the link below and designate “worship service donation”.  The collective donations will be presented to the church on the day of the worship service.  Thank you.




Please see the ABJM’s Press Release issued today regarding the Michigan Supreme Court’s Administrative Order and the Independent Audit


Press Release

ABJM would like to extend congratulations to the Hon. Deborah Thomas who was honored November 15, 2023 by the ACRL & the Detroit Branch of the NAACP for her years of service and commitment to advancing civil rights at the 6th Annual Justice Tribute Awards Ceremony. The ceremony was cochaired by the Hon. Prentis Edwards Jr.  Thank you for your hard work as cochair Judge Edwards and congratulations Judge Thomas.

Brandy R. McMillion Confirmed to be United States District Court Judge in the Eastern District of Michigan

Brandy R. McMillion was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on November 9, 2023. Previously, she was an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan, a role she had from 2015. Prior to that, McMillion was the Chief of the office’s General Crimes Unit since 2022. McMillion was also a senior litigation associate at Bryan Cave L.L.P. from 2012 to 2015, an associate at Perkins Coie L.L.P. from 2007 to 2012, and an associate at Pepper Hamilton L.L.P. from 2006 to 2007. She received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 2006 and her B.S.E. and her M.S.E. from the University of Michigan in 2001 and 2002.

Mock Trial Season is underway!

Please save the date for the Michigan Center for Civic Education’s Mock Trial Regional event nearest you and join the email list to get the latest updates to the regionals!

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NBA International Trip French Riviera & Barcelona (Optional)

May 8-18, 2024 – Riviera
May 18-24, 2024 – Barcelona

Initial deposit $1500 by November 15th 2023
3 Monthly payments of $ 1166 for Double Occupancy (15th of December , January & February)
3 Monthly payments of $ 1567 for  Single Occupancy   (15th of December , January & February)

Upcoming Events & Other News You Can Use

Thank you, Hon. Cynthia Diane Stephens (ret’d), for sharing the following article on race and attorney discipline.

Thank you, Hon. Qiana D. Lillard, for sharing the following article on judicial security.

Click Below to Read President Judge Bell’s July 19th letter to the membership

2022-2023 Meeting Dates

There will be no ABJM December Meeting 

Tuesday, January 9th at 5:30 p.m.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS (5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.):
JANUARY 9, 2024
MARCH 5, 2024
APRIL 2, 2024
MAY 7, 2024-Annual Meeting