Louise Alderson  
Judicial Offices
Title: Judge
Phone: 517-483-4421
Judge Alderson


Judge Louise Alderson is a Lansing native who graduated from Eastern High School and holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and a J.D. from the Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Clinton County, working in the District, Circuit and Probate Courts. She has also served in the House and Senate as Legal Counsel to the Judiciary Committee and as Legislative Director for the Executive Office. Judge Alderson was appointed to the 54A District Court bench in 2001 and was successful in her retention election in 2002, and re-elected to the bench in 2004 and 2010. The Michigan Supreme Court appointed Judge Alderson as the Chief Judge on January 1, 2014 and re-appointed her on January 1, 2016.

As part of her judicial duties, Judge Alderson also presides over the specialized felony Sobriety Court whose mission is to enhance public safety and community welfare by reducing recidivism among drug and alcohol offenders. That mission is accomplished through a team approach including intensive supervision, individualized treatment, and personal accountability which are monitored by frequent judicial review.

Judge Alderson has served on many community boards, including EVE, Inc., Michigan District Judges Association, Michigan Judicial Council, Girl Scouts of Michigan Capitol Council and the Zonta Club of Lansing. She currently serves as the vice-chair of the Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School and is trained as a literacy tutor with the Capital Area Literacy Coalition. 

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