May 27, 2009

Brighton attorney Michael Hatty is the newest Livingston County Circuit Court Judge

Gov. Jennifer Granholm appointed Brighton attorney Michael Hatty to the vacant judicial seat in 44th Circuit Court in Livingston County today.

Hatty will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Circuit Court Judge Stanley J. Latreille on April 3 after 26-years on the bench. Hatty applied for the vacancy along with Brighton attorney Rick Trost, and former Democratic state representative candidate and attorney Matt McGivney, Charles Widmaier and Green Oak Township attorney and former chair of the Livingston County Democratic Party Matt Evans.

Judge Hatty will serve until the next election in 2010, and he will then have to run to fill the remainder of Latreille's term that runs through 2012.

Hatty is currently the Deerfield Township attorney. The township was in danger of becoming the lighting rod for controversy like Hamburg, and the State Police actually raided township hall and seized records. He did a masterful job in steering officials through that storm. He has been a private attorney since 1980, practicing every kind of law. Hatty served as the General Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee has clerked for Attorney General Frank J. Kelley and he has a long list of civic and professional activities and affiliations.

Congratulations to Judge Hatty.

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