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
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
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.
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.