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Michael S. Stepka
86th District Court
Title: Chief Judge
Judge Michael S. Stepka was elected to the 86th District Court in November 2010 and his current term expires January 2016. Judge Michael S. Stepka was unopposed and elected to a second term November 2, 2016 which expires December 31, 2022.
He grew up in Traverse City and graduated from Traverse City Central High School. He went on to graduate college from Northwestern Michigan College, Cum Laude at Central Michigan University, and the University of Detroit School of Law.
After graduating from law school, Judge Stepka returned to Traverse City to practice law until being elected to the bench. He also served as a Grand Traverse County Commissioner from 2009-2010, served on the Board of the Women's Resource Center, and the Third Level Legal Aid volunteer clinic for many years. He also served as the Grand Traverse, Leelanau, and Antrim County Bar Association President, and was the Annual Law Day Chair for many years.
Judge Stepka has 2 children, Michael and Betsie.
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