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Judge Susan Moiseev wins a
seat on the Oakland County
Circuit Court in November, she
would be the fifth Jewish woman
elected to the bench, and one of
six women judges on the 17-judge
Getting there will take a lot of
money and fortitude.
Judge Moiseev believes the race
for-the seat vacated by retiring
Judge Robert Templin will mean
raising at least a few hundred
thousand dollars, maybe more.
When a new circuit court seat
was established in 1994, Judge
Alice Gilbert outspent her oppo-
nents almost two to one, much of
it for TV spots on the three local
network stations. In the general
election, she beat Southfield Dis-
trict Judge Bryan Levy by 40,000
and experience are what's right
for the job" — not money, is the
key ingredient in a winning cam-
She has what the other likely
candidates don't: the benefit ofju-
dicial experience in one of the
county's busiest district courts in
addition to several years in pri-
Judge Moiseev was appointed
to the 46th District Court in 1986,
when Judge Norman Feder died
in mid-term. She ran for her first
full term in 1988 and then again
two years ago.
Before her appointment to the
court, she worked for the Legal
Aid and Defender Association and
as a general litigator for a now-de-
funct law firm. Last year, Judge
Moiseev presided over 20 jury tri-
als and innumerable bench trials.
"I'm looking forward to bigger
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"If your opponent can do net- cases, bigger challenges," she said.
Her involvement locally and
work television and you cannot,
your opponent will win," Judge nationally is extensive, as well.
Judge Moiseev belongs to the
Levy said. "What is happening in
Oakland County is the candidate National Council of Jewish
and his or her campaign manag- Women; the Anti-Defamation
er have to spend almost all their League; the Jewish Federation of
time raising funds. That's unfor- Metropolitan Detroit; the Settle-
tunate, but that has become a ment Center; the Juvenile Dia-
betes Association; and the
Judge Moiseev also knows she National Association of Women
could face the same kind of diffi- Judges.
While no candidate has for-
cult campaign that she encoun-
tered in her bid for reelection to mally filed in Lansing, Judge Moi-
the district court two years ago. seev may be facing one challenger
Her opponent in that race, who has a popular name and a po-
Stephen Korn, gathered anony- litically entrenched family in the
mous remarks by area attorneys county.
Oakland County Assistant
about her allegedly abusive be-
Prosecutor John N. O'Brien II, the
havior from the bench.
She beat Mr. Korn by 7,650 son of deceased Oakland Circuit
votes, but was forced to spend Court Judge John N. O'Brien and
$40,000 mom on the campaign to nephew of Oakland Circuit Judge
defend herself against the attack. Francis X. O'Brien, is said to be a
In all, the campaign cost her contender in the race. He serves
in the Prosecutor's Office's child
$100,000, she said.
But Judge Moiseev, 45, thinks
her message — "My qualifications
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