Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday named her first two judges to the bench.
She tapped Kristina Robinson for the 36th District Court in the City of Detroit. Robinson fills a partial term after Judge Izetta Bright stepped down.
“Kristina Robinson is a proven public servant who has dedicated her life to ensuring fair treatment of all individuals under the law,” Whitmer said. “I have full confidence that she will continue to ensure the scales of justice remain balanced.”
Robinson received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and juris doctorate from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She is currently the general counsel at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and is involved with the Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan.
Robinson would be required to run for reelection in November 2020 in order to serve the remainder of the unexpired term ending at noon Jan. 1, 2023.
Whitmer also appointed Michael Olsaver to the 39th Circuit Court in Lenawee County. He takes over from Judge Margaret Noe who stepped down.
“Michael Olsaver is a qualified legal professional with decades of experience on a litany of issues,” Whitmer said. “I know that he will use his experience to ensure each case is treated with the due diligence that should be afforded to them.”
Olsaver received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and juris doctorate from DePaul University. He is currently an attorney with the Robison, Curphey and O’Connell law firm and is involved with the City of Adrian Downtown Development Authority.
The appointment expires at noon on Jan. 1, 2021. If Olsaver wishes to seek a full six-year term, he would be required to run for reelection in November 2020.