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President Obama Nominates Judge Gershwin A. Drain to Serve on the US District Court

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, President Obama nominated Judge Gershwin A. Drain to serve on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

“Judge Gershwin A. Drain will bring an unwavering commitment to fairness and judicial integrity to the federal bench,” President Obama said.  “His impressive legal career is a testament to the kind of thoughtful and diligent judge he will be on the U.S. District Court.  I am honored to nominate him today.”

Judge Gershwin A. Drain:  Nominee for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
Judge Gershwin A. Drain has been a Judge on Michigan’s Third Circuit Court, based in Wayne County, since 1997 and has served in both the civil and criminal divisions of the court.  From 1987 to 1997, Judge Drain was a judge on the Recorder’s Court for the City of Detroit, which, before merging with the Third Circuit in 1997, had jurisdiction over felony prosecutions.  Judge Drain previously served, from 1986 to 1987, as a Judge on the 36th District Court for the City of Detroit.  Prior to joining the bench, Judge Drain worked as an attorney in the Federal Defender Office for the Eastern District of Michigan from 1974 to 1986.  He also worked as counsel for the City of Detroit Department of Transportation from 1973 to 1974 and as a law clerk for the Third Circuit Court from 1972 to 1973.  Judge Drain received his J.D. in 1972 from the University of Michigan Law School, and his B.S. in 1970 from Western Michigan University.