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Judicial Officers

The district judges of our court are Article III judges, that is, they are appointed by the President of the United States, with approval of the Senate, under authority of Article III of the United States Constitution. They are appointed to lifetime terms.

We also have magistrate judges. They are appointed by the district judges and serve eight-year terms. Their duties are much like those of the district judges, except they do not have authority to try criminal cases, except misdemeanors. They can try civil cases by consent of the parties and do try a number of civil cases each year.

Visiting Judges

Judge Thomas B. Russell
Western District of Kentucky
501 Broadway
Room 121
Paducah, KY 42001
(270) 415-6430

Judge J. Daniel Breen
Western District of Tennessee
111 South Highland
Room 417
Jackson, Tennessee 38301
(731) 421-9250

Judge Jon P. McCalla
Western District of Tennessee
Clifford Davis and Odell Horton Federal Building
167 North Main Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38103
(901) 495-1291

Judge Matthew Frederick Leitman
Eastern District of Michigan
Federal Building and U.S Courthouse
600 Church Street, Room 125
Flint, MI 48502
(810) 341-9761

Judge Laurie J. Michelson
Eastern District of Michigan
Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse
231 W. Lafayette Blvd., Room 737
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 234-5095

Judge David M. Lawson
Eastern District of Michigan
Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse
231 W. Lafayette Blvd., Room 775
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 234-2660