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Posted on Sat, Jan 21, 2012 : 7 p.m.

Ann Arbor lawyer Douglas McClure joins race for Circuit Court judge

By Staff

Ann Arbor lawyer Douglas McClure has announced his candidacy for Washtenaw County Circuit Court judge.

McClure is a partner with the Ann Arbor law firm of Conlin, McKenney & Philbrick, where he focuses on environmental law.


Douglas McClure

He joins Jim Fink as a candidate for circuit court judge in the November election. Washtenaw County Circuit Court judges Timothy Connors, Melinda Morris and Darlene O'Brien all have their terms end at the beginning of 2013.

McClure graduated from Berkeley Law School in 1987 and worked as a litigator and environmental lawyer at two large Chicago law firms before moving to Washtenaw County to join Conlin, McKenney & Philbrick in 1991, according to a press release announcing his candidacy.

“My 20-years with … Conlin, McKenney & Philbrick gives me a broad and deep background in the law, as well as a commitment to public service and our community,” McClure in the release.

McClure is in his second term on the Washtenaw County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, and serves on the City of Ann Arbor’s Solid Waste Plan Update Committee. He has taught environmental law at Ave Maria School of Law, business law at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business is an adjunct professor teaching environmental law at Cooley Law School in Ann Arbor. McClure also volunteers for Legal Services of South Central Michigan, and for the Washtenaw County Office of Public Defender.

As a Director-at-Large of the Washtenaw County Bar Association and immediate past chairman of the Judiciary Committee, McClure spearheaded the creation of the “Law and Justice Fund” with the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, according to the press release.

He was trustee of Emerson School in Ann Arbor for seven years, and is a long-time member of the Public Policy Committee of the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce.


Snehal Shah

Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 2:35 p.m.

Erane Washington is by all measures the best candidate for this position. I have known Erane for about 5 years. She helped as a lawyer in a civil dispute. I admired the way she handled my case. She was extremely fair, compassionate and dealt with both the parties in amicable manner. The best thing about her is that she is non-judgmental about a person till she has full facts. I have seen very few lawyers who works in interest of justice rather than any other personal interest. In the case, she handled for me, I was wrong from various points and she explained to me in such a manner that I realized it myself. Though I lost the case, she won my heart! I have been in touch with her since then and the more I talk with her, I realize that she is the kind of Judge that our current system drastically needs. Interpretation of law is subjective but the values and morals that affect that interpretation is objective. I can hear, sense and feel those high moral, values and standard, whenever I meet her or chat with her, which definitely will grace the position of a circuit court judge. To sum up, she has all the qualities to judge with kindness, fairness but with firmness. She has the rare ability to understand the cause of an action and differentiate it from the person. And this quality is of utmost importance in any Judge. She has the skill to rationalize logical and analytically with the heart in the center!


Fri, Mar 2, 2012 : 1:23 p.m.

Doug McClure is an insurance defense lawyer with very little courtroom experience.


Mon, Jan 23, 2012 : 4:23 p.m.

What experience does he have in criminal law?

Superior Twp voter

Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 8:04 p.m.

Jeepers, you think he's a Democrat? Ummm.... Berkeley Law School, environmental law practitioner since 1987? Just what we need, an environmental law specialist as a judge. No thank you.


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 1:17 p.m.

Having known McClure several years ago, I was impressed then with his ability to size up a situation and let his intellect guide his actions. I honestly believe he will be an excellent addition to the bench and will do the system justice. I'm glad that he's running.


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 11:32 a.m.

Attorney McClure has extensive legal experience, deep roots in community public service, and impeccable professional affiliations. He appears to have excellent credentials for his judicial aspirations. Best wishes, Attorney McClure.


Sun, Jan 22, 2012 : 12:28 a.m.

McClure should be saying that his 20 years with Conlin McKenney Philbrick should give him a &quot;deep commitment to the insurance industry&quot; - since that is the type of law that that firm specializes in. Wahtenaw County Circuit Court Judge Timothy P. Connors also got his start at Conlin McKenney Philbrick and defended insurance companies. He had virtually all of his background in insurance law before being appointed by Governor Engler to the district court bench in August of1991 and later to the circuit court bench again by Engler in 1997. Connors donated to the state GOP in August of 1991 the same month he got his first bench appointment. (source: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> ). Connors also donated to the candidacies of ultaconservative former Chief Justice Clifford Taylor and has been criticized over his conduct on the bench ( <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> ). Thanks for letting me know McClure's affiliations - I suppose he will garner plenty of support from insurance executives and their lobby.