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Kristen D. Simmons
Judge Kristen D. Simmons was appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in September 2019 to serve the 54-A District Court. Judge Simmons earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hampton University in Hampton, VA., and Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Judge Simmons has been a member of the Lansing community since 2009 and has served the public in various capacities. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Simmons served as the Litigation Manager for the Michigan Department of Corrections. She has served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Litigation, Elections and Employment law division; she was an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Lansing and served as a district court prosecutor and legal adviser for the Lansing Police Department and the Lansing Police Board of Commissioners. Judge Simmons has also served Ingham County as a public defender and was an enumerator for the U.S. Census Bureau. She also worked as an adjunct professor for Lansing Community College, where she taught Legal Writing, Business Law and was instrumental in launching a legal clinic in conjunction with LCC and Legal Services of South Central Michigan.
Judge Simmons is an active contributor of the Lansing community and has served on various boards and committees; including the Diversity Inclusion and Awards Committee for the State Bar, the Davis-Dunnings Bar Association, the Lansing Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and the Lansing/East Lansing Chapter of the Links, Incorporated. Judge Simmons was named by the Ingham County Bar Association as Top 5 Under 35 in 2017 and a Rising Star in 2015 by the Davis-Dunnings Bar Association.
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