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Judge Frank J. DeLuca

Judge DeLuca graduated from Western Michigan University and the Detroit College of Law where he was elected president of his graduating class. Judge DeLuca served as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ingham County from 1971 through 1975. He engaged in the private practice of law for more than 20 years prior to his election to the bench in November of 2000. Judge DeLuca was appointed a member of the Ingham County/City of Lansing Community Corrections Advisory Board in 1995 and has served in several different capacities including two terms as chairperson. He is a member of the Ingham County Bar Association and was selected as a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. Judge DeLuca served as Chief Judge of the 54-A District Court from 2006 through 2013.

Judge Louise Alderson

Judge Louise Alderson

Judge Alderson is a native of Lansing, Michigan. She is a graduate of Lansing Eastern High School ('76), holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University ('80) and a J.D. from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School ('86). From 1986 to 1988, she worked for the Michigan Senate and also as legal/legislative counsel to State Senator Rudy J. Nichols. Judge Alderson served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Clinton County from 1989 to 1992, working in the District, Circuit and Probate Courts. In 1992, Judge Alderson joined the Michigan House as legal counsel to the House Judiciary Committee. She accepted an appointment as the Federal Legislative Liaison for the Michigan Department of Transportation in 1995. In September of 1996, Judge Alderson joined the staff of the Governor's Office of Legislative Affairs as Associate Director and assumed the duties of Director in May of 1997. In 2001, Judge Alderson was appointed to the 54A District Court; she was successful in her retention election in 2002, and re-elected to the bench in 2004 and 2010. As part of her duties, Judge Alderson presides over the specialized Sobriety Court for the 54A District Court.

The Michigan Supreme Court appointed Judge Alderson as Chief Judge of the 54-A District Court on January 1, 2014.

Judge Alderson is an active board member of EVE, Inc, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Michigan District Judges Association, Michigan Judicial Council and the Girl Scouts of Michigan Capitol Council. She is a member of the Zonta Club of Lansing and the Riverside Neighborhood Association.

Judge Patrick F. Cherry

Judge Cherry is a Lansing native who earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1966, and his Juris Doctor from Wayne State University in 1969. He served in the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office as Chief Trial Attorney and Chief of the Criminal Division before he was appointed to the bench in 1975. Judge Cherry served as Chief Judge of the 54-A District Court from 1999 to 2006.


Judge Hugh B. Clarke, Jr

Judge Clarke graduated from Wayne State University in 1975, and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1979.  During his legal career, Judge Clarke served for two years (1977-1979) as a Special Consultant to the State Senate Committee on the Judiciary, and for two years (1979-1981) as the Associate General Counsel for the State Senate.

Judge Clarke spent over thirty years in the private practice of law, handling criminal, civil, probate and family law matters, and brings to the bench a varied and wide range of legal experience.  He has served on a number of committees for the State Bar of Michigan, including the Committee on Standard Criminal Jury Instructions and the Character and Fitness Committee.  Judge Clarke has a long and rich history of community service, including seven years on the Lansing Board of Education.  During his tenure on the school board, he served as Vice President, President, and Chair of the Superintendent Search Committee.

Judge Clarke was appointed to the 54-A District Court in December of 2010 by former governor Jennifer Granholm.

54A-District Court
6th Floor City Hall
124 W Michigan Ave
Lansing ,MI 48933
(517) 483-4433

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.