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Judge Mark A. Goldsmith was nominated to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by President Barack Obama on February 4, 2010, and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on June 21, 2010. Prior to his appointment to the federal bench, Judge Goldsmith served as an Oakland County Circuit Judge for over six years and as a part-time Magistrate in the 45B District Court for two years.

Judge Goldsmith received his undergraduate degree in 1974 from the University of Michigan and his law degree in 1977 from Harvard Law School. Following law school, Judge Goldsmith practiced law in New York and Detroit-area law firms for nearly 25 years. In addition to his private practice work, Judge Goldsmith served as Special Counsel to the State Bar Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, a hearing panelist for the Attorney Discipline Board, and adjunct instructor at Wayne State University Law School.

Judge Goldsmith is a past president of the Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and served as that organization’s pro bono chair for many years. He has also served in the leadership of several community organizations, including Wayne State University’s Center for the Study of Citizenship, the Fair Housing Advisory Board (Oakland County) of the Legal Aid and Defender Association, Circle of Friends (teaching language and acculturation skills to immigrants), Forgotten Harvest (a distributor of food to the needy), and the B’nai B’rith Anti- Defamation League.


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