Honorable Willie G. Lipscomb, Jr. has served in his capacity as Judge
for the 36th District Court for fourteen years. Born in Knoxville,
Tennessee, Judge Lipscomb attended the University of Maryland
and Wayne State University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts from
the letter in 1970. In 1975 he was awarded a Juris Doctorate
from the University of Notre Dame Law School.
Prior to his current position, Judge Lipscomb served as Executive
Director of the Notre Dame Legal Aid and Defenders' Association
from 1974-75 and as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Wayne
County from 1975-79. In a private law practice from 1979-83,
he then joined the 36th District Court as Magistrate, a title
he held for two years before becoming Judge.
Judge Lipscomb is a lifelong member of the NAACP and belongs to the State Bar of Michigan, he is also a
member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. In 1993 he founded
the Handgun Intervention Program, for which he is now the administrator.
He serves as Advisory board member for the Northeast Guidance
Center, the Detroit Midnight Basketball program.
Judge Lipscomb was chosen as 1995 Michiganian of the year, he was also presented with the Keep the dream Alive
Award from St. Anthony Church and selected as a WWJ Citizen
of the Week. Notre Dame School named him Alumni of the year
for 1996. In 1997 alone he received the William D. Reynolds
Alumni Association Award and the Distinguished Black Exemplar
Award from University of Notre Dame, as well as the National
State Courts Association Outstanding Service Award. Judge Lipscomb
is divorced and has one daughter, Christine.