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                       Judge Katherine L. Hansen

Katherine Hansen was appointed Judge of the 36th District Court by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm in April 2004. She was elected in November 2004 and reelected in 2010.

Judge Hansen is a graduate of Drake University School of Law.  As a full time law student, she served as the American Bar Association-Law Student Division's National Student Director for VITA, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance project.

Judge Hansen came to the bench following four years as an Assistant Attorney General.  Prior to that, Judge Hansen was employed as a Member of the Michigan Employment Security Board of Review, where she decided unemployment insurance benefit and unemployment tax rate cases.  She began her legal career at the UAW International Union’s Unemployment Insurance Clinic. 

Throughout her legal career, Judge Hansen has served with many professional organizations.  Judge Hansen is a past president

Throughout her legal career, Judge Hansen has served with many professional organizations. Judge Hansen is a past president of the Wayne County District Judges Association and is the Michigan District Judges Association’s President-Elect. She has served as a member of the District Court Academic Advisory Committee of the Michigan Judicial Institute which determines educational topics for statewide judicial training.  Judge Hansen serves the State Bar as a member of its Justice Initiatives Criminal Issues Committee.  Judge Hansen has been admitted to the United States Supreme Court Bar.

Judge Hansen serves the community as a member of the Boards of Directors of The Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association and of the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit.  She is active with her neighborhood gardening committee.  She is a Silver Life Member of the NAACP.

In addition to fulfilling her responsibilities as a judge in one of the busiest courts in the nation, Judge Hansen has served as a co-chair of the 36th District Court’s annual Law Day and     Constitution Day observances.  Each observance has included hosting free legal advice days (assisting hundreds of citizens of Metro Detroit), school visits, and courthouse tours.  Judge Hansen also serves as the 36th District Court judicial member of The Detroit/Wayne County Criminal Advocacy Program (CAP). CAP, established in 1983, seeks to develop, expand, and maintain high professional standards of representation in felony cases.  Judge Hansen spearheaded the court’s recycling program; in the first five years, the court’s efforts resulted in the recycling of more than 52 tons of scrap paper, saving the equivalent of more than 892 trees.


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