Judge Prentis Edwards, Jr. is a lifelong resident
of the City of Detroit. He is a product of the Detroit Public
Schools system and a graduate of Renaissance High School. Judge
Edwards earned his undergraduate degree from Michigan State
University's Eli Broad College of Business and his law degree
from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.
While in law school, Judge Edwards worked as a legislative
assistant for the Michigan State House of Representatives in the
areas of public policy, constituent relations and legislative
affairs. After passing the Michigan State Bar, he accepted a
public policy position with the Detroit City Council where he
reviewed and analyzed legal issues for legislative sessions,
hearings and votes.
Following his time with the Detroit City Council, Judge Edwards
worked as an attorney in the Detroit Public Schools, Office of
General Counsel, primarily in the area of civil litigation.
In 2006, Judge Edwards became an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
for Wayne County. As a prosecutor assigned to the Trials
Division, he was responsible for the adjudications of hundreds
of felony cases throughout metropolitan Detroit. While
routinely managing a felony courtroom docket, Judge Edwards
prosecuted matters including but not limited to: homicide, armed
robbery, narcotics and embezzlement. He was later assigned to
the Special Operations Division, Community Prosecution Unit,
litigating serious gang related crimes originating within the
city of Detroit.
Judge Edwards also handled community relations in Detroit's 4th
District for the Michigan State Senate in his last year with the
Judge Edwards is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Detroit
Metropolitan Bar Association, Wolverine Bar Association, NAACP
Detroit Branch, his local neighborhood association and the
Charles H. Wright Museum.