Magistrate Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis
Stephanie Dawkins Davis was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan on January 4, 2016. A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Magistrate Judge Davis received Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in 1988 and 1989 respectively from the Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, and a juris doctor from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1992.
Magistrate Judge Davis began her legal career as a civil defense attorney at Dickinson, Wright PLLC, where her practice was split evenly between products liability and commercial litigation. In 1997, she joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan, where she remained until her appointment to the bench. She served her first 3 years there in the office’s civil division before transferring to the criminal division in 2000. As a criminal prosecutor, Magistrate Judge Davis practiced in both the general crimes unit and the controlled substances unit – where she served as the deputy chief and high intensity drug trafficking area liaison. She prosecuted a variety of cases at both the trial and appellate levels, including those involving fraud, extortion, bank robbery, embezzlement, violent crime, public corruption and numerous criminal conspiracies involving narcotics trafficking and money laundering. In 2010 she was appointed to serve as the Executive Assistant United States Attorney. In that position, amongst other responsibilities, she oversaw a variety of law enforcement and community initiatives, including Project Safe Neighborhoods and the Detroit Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. She also led the office’s diversity efforts, redesigned and oversaw its legal intern program and led the development of its Legal Fellows program.
As a result of her service at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and service to the bar, Magistrate Judge Davis has received a number of honors and awards, including the U.S. Attorney’s Award for Outstanding Service, the Bridget Vance Vision of Service Award for her work with youth violence prevention and the 2015 State Bar of Michigan Champion of Justice Award.
Magistrate Judge Davis is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, and has held memberships with the Federal Bar Association, the Wolverine Bar Association and the American Bar Association.