LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointments of Amy McDowell to the 5th Circuit Court in Barry County and Michael Schipper to the 56-B District Court in Barry County.
McDowell, of Hastings, fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge James H. Fisher effective June 30, and will need to run in November 2012 for the remainder of Fisher’s term ending Dec. 31, 2014.
She spent five and a half years with the Barry County Prosecutor’s Office before entering private practice in 2001. She founded the law firm McPhillips and McDowell in 2003.
Schipper, of Middleville, fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Gary R. Holman and will serve the remainder of Holman’s term through Jan. 1, 2013.
He began his law practice with the Grand Rapids law firm Clary Nantz before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1990, where he worked for 20 years with the civil and criminal divisions. He has most recently served as director of compliance for A.D. Maxim & Associates, a health care consulting firm.
Source: State of Michigan