Magistrate Judge Elizabeth A. Stafford
Magistrate Judge Elizabeth A. Stafford joined the bench of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on November 17, 2014. A native of Detroit, Judge Stafford received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and her Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School. She began her career at the firm of Goodman, Eden, Millender & Bedrosian, practicing in various areas of personal injury law, including automobile negligence, products liability, civil rights, governmental immunity and wrongful discharge. In 1998, she became a career law clerk for United States District Judge Victoria A. Roberts. Judge Stafford joined the office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan in 2002, serving as a prosecutor in the general crimes, the controlled substance and the public corruption units until her appointment to the bench.
Judge Stafford taught basic and intermediate trial advocacy at the National Advocacy Center in South Carolina, and a federal courts practice course at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She presented on federal court practice for the Wolverine Bar Association and the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. In addition to being a member of the State Bar of Michigan, she served on its Standing Committee on Judicial Qualifications, United States Courts Committee, and Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee. Judge Stafford also served on the board of the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan, and as co-chairperson of that association's Diversity Committee. She is a member of the Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Association, and previously served as a board member of the Wolverine Bar Association and the Barristers of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association. Judge Stafford is currently a member of the Association of Black Judges of Michigan.
Judge Stafford received the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Alan M. Gershel and Michael Wicks Teamwork Award in 2011, and the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly Unsung Heroes Award in 2013.