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The Honorable Nancy G. Edmunds was appointed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan bench on February 10, 1992, by President George Bush. From 1978 until the time she took the bench, Judge Edmunds practiced law in the Detroit law firm of Dykema Gossett. A partner since 1984, she was a member of the firm's commercial litigation section and had acquired extensive trial experience in both state and federal courts. Prior to joining Dykema Gossett, Judge Edmunds served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ralph Freeman, U.S. Senior District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Judge Edmunds earned her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School in 1976, graduating summa cum laude. She was editor-in-chief of the Wayne Law Review. In 1971 she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University of Ithaca, New York, in 1969, graduating cum laude with distinction in all subjects. She was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Judge Edmunds has been active in numerous professional associations. She served as chair of the United States Courts Committee of the State Bar of Michigan from 1990-91, commissioner of the 21st Century Commission on the Courts in 1990; program chair of the Federal Bench/Bar Conference in 1990; faculty and board member of the Federal Advocacy Institute from 1983 until 1991; executive board member for the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan, from 1989 until 1992, and from 1995 until 2000; board of trustees for the Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan from 1993 until 1998; board of trustees of Temple Beth El from 1990 until 1997; member of the National Judicial Conference Committee on Defender Services from 1994 until 2000; board of governors member of Cranbrook/Kingswood Schools from 1999 until 2004; board of trustees member of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival of America from 1999 until the present; chair of the Committee of Visitors of Wayne Law School from 2002 until 2006; and board of trustees member of the Jewish Community Relations Council from 2005 until 2007.

Currently, Judge Edmunds is a member of the Federal Judges Association, the American Judicature Society, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the State Bar of Michigan. She serves on the executive board of the Committee of Visitors of Wayne Law School, and serves on the executive committee of the Michigan Members of the Stratford Festival.


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