Attorney Monica J. Copeland is making a run for the new 44th Circuit Court judgeship.
This particular seat, currently in the 53rd District Court. is held by Judge Carol Sue Reader, who is prohibited from running again because of age. After the 2018 election, the seat moves to the 44th District Court.
“Monica Copeland has demonstrated over the past 20 years the traits of a good judge: integrity, an even temperament, and a strong sense of fairness,” said David Morse, Livingston County Prosecutor from 1989 to 2012.
Copeland, who has counseled thousands of people as a trial attorney over the past two decades, is involved in all areas of the law. She said she has grown concerned over the public’s lack of faith in the legal system.
“Livingston County voters have a real opportunity to set the tone for the next eight years, and elect a stable, ethical leader who will apply the law consistently and fairly,” Copeland said. “It is time to return to the core values that make great judges: treating people with respect, acting with unbiased integrity, leading by example, and following the law.”
Raised in South Lyon, Copeland holds a bachelor’s degree from Alma College. She earned her Juris Doctorate cum laude from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1996, and was admitted to both the state and federal bar that same year. She has been married for 20 years to her high school sweetheart, Marty Albright.
Copeland was elected president of the Livingston County Bar Association in 2003. She currently serves as chair of the Family Law Section of the association, a position she has held since its creation.