Snyder appoints Washtenaw County GOP chairman to Michigan Court of Appeals
Mark Boonstra, chairman of the Washtenaw County Republican Committee, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to serve on the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Snyder on Friday announced the appointment of Michael Riordan of Plymouth and Boonstra of Dexter to the Court of Appeals 1st and 3rd districts, respectively. The 1st District is based in Detroit and the 3rd District is based in Grand Rapids.
Boonstra has served as senior principal for the Miller Canfield law firm, located on Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor, since 1985. He previously worked as a law clerk for Judge Ralph B. Guy Jr. of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan.
Riordan has served as an assistant U.S. attorney since 1998. He previously worked as an attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and as general counsel for Northwestern Mutual Financial.
Boonstra is filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Richard Bandstra, while Riordan is filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Brian Zahra, who was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court. Both appointments run through Jan. 1, 2013, and both judges will have to seek election in 2012 to keep their seats.
Boonstra has a bachelor's degree in political science from Michigan State University and both a master's degree in applied economics and a law degree from the University of Michigan.
He works with numerous professional organizations, including the State Bar of Michigan, Michigan Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions, Michigan Judges Retirement Board, Federal Bar Association, and the Washtenaw County Bar Association.
Riordan is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners and the Fraternal Order of Police. He also serves as secretary for the University of Detroit Mercy Law Alumni Association and president of the Federal Bar Association.
He is past president of the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers and holds a bachelor's degree from MSU and a law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy.
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