Judges Of The US District Court
For The Eastern District of Michigan

Cornelia Groefsema Kennedy

Born August 4, 1923 Detroit, MI


B.A. University of Michigan, 1945
J.D. University of Michigan Law School, 1947

Professional Career

Law clerk, Hon. Harold Stephens, US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1947-1948
Private law practice, Detroit, 1948-1966
Judge, Michigan Circuit Court, Third Judicial Circuit, 1966-1970

Federal Judicial Service

US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
Nominated by President Richard M. Nixon, 1970
Served 1970-1979
Chief judge 1977-1979
US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Nominated by President Jimmy Carter, 1979
Served 1979-present
Senior status 1999-present

First Woman on the Court

Cornelia Groefsema Kennedy


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