Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I vote for someone who isn’t a sitting judge?

Only about half of Michigan Court of Appeals judges previously served as sitting judges prior to serving on the appellate court. Court of Appeals judges hear cases throughout the state and in various areas of law. Ms. Moore has flexible expertise, having quickly mastered multiple areas of law, and her unique expertise in poverty law will improve the Court’s ability to address access to justice issues.


Isn’t it best to vote for the candidate who has been practicing the longest?

Judge Sawyer is vacating the seat because judges are not permitted to run again after reaching the age of 70. However, he was first elected to the seat in 1986, which means that he was a relatively young attorney at the time he was elected. For a number of reasons, no candidate has ever successfully challenged a sitting Court of Appeals judge. 

If you support access to justice, Ms. Moore is a progressive, forward-thinking candidate who has a history of challenging the system and fighting to ensure that the voices of the most vulnerable are heard in our courts. Although younger than most candidates, she has both a proven track record for supporting change and the ability to serve over 30 years, if elected.

What is the current make-up of the Michigan Court of Appeals Court?

You can read biographies and see photos of each sitting Court of Appeals Judge here. Note that multiple judges pictured are no longer on the bench or are expected to vacate the bench soon. For example, Judge Karen Fort Hood, the first black woman ever to serve on the Michigan Court of Appeals, is no longer on the bench. In addition, Judge Cynthia Stephens has announced that she will be stepping down.