Candidate for 47th
District Court judge
of Farmington and
Chief Judge Bryan Levy Seeking
Re-Election To 46th District Court
Editor's Note: Jewish candidates seeking
elective office are welcome to announce
their candidacy in the Jewish News. In
Tuesday's Aug. 6 primary, Judge Bryan
H. Levy of the 46th District Court is
running against Sheila Johnson, Cynthia
Lindsey-Moore and Nida R. Samona.
Two will make it to the Nov. 5 general
• 30 years experience practicing law in the Michigan and
• Special Education Hearing Officer (Judge) 1995-present
• One-third of clients are deaf or hard-of-hearing
• Chairman of the A.G. Bell summer camp program for deaf
and hard-of-hearing children (1987-2002)
• Received National Award of the Alexander Graham Bell association
for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing for his success in advocating
hearing testing of all newborns – achieved.
• Drug and alcohol treatment court to help addicts and alcoholics
and to protect the community from repeat offenders.
• Mediation to cost-effectively and civilly settle disputes
"From my experience I have learned to listen and treat
people with respect and to give them a fair hearing."
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ELECT COUNCILMAN BARRY BRICKNER
47TH DISTRICT COURT JUDGE
When you vote for the new District Court Judge,
vote for a candidate with District Court experience:
Barry Brickner has 25 years of experience in District Court
practice. He is on the Oakland County Bar District Court Committee
and teaches seminars to lawyers on how to practice in District Court.
Rated "Well Qualified" Oakland County Bar Association
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books," said former Oakland County
Circuit Court Chief Judge Barry
Howard, "but he also goes around the
state and teaches others how to imple-
ment his solutions."
According to Howard, Judge Levy
has taught judges during the annual
new judges' school, general jurisdic-
tion to court clerks around the state,
and landlord-tenant issues in general
Chief Judge Bryan H. Levy is seeking
educational seminars. He has devel-
re-election to the 46th District Court in
oped standards for how long civil
Southfield. The court serves the cities
cases should take to complete.
of Southfield and Lathrup
Judge Levy is a third-
Village and the villages of
degree black belt karate
Beverly Hills, Bingham
instructor at the Karate
Farms and Franklin.
Institute in Bloomfield
First appointed to his
Hills. Former student
court seat in 1987 by for-
Aaron Kirschner, now a
mer Michigan Governor
resident of South
James Blanchard, Judge
Carolina, said: "When I
Levy of Beverly Hills has
was about 18 years old, I
earned the ranking of "out-
stood before Judge Levy's
standing" — the highest
bench on reckless driving
possible — from the
and vandalism charges. It
Oakland County Bar
was the first and only
time I've ever been in
Advisory Committee on
Judge Bryan Levy
trouble with the law. My
parents came with me to
With the help of his
court, but they let me
court administrator, Donna
face the music. Judge
Beaudet, and other officials, Judge Levy
Levy could have sent me to jail.
said he has researched and instituted
"Instead, he asked me if I realized
major changes in Michigan laws affect-
what I had done, and charged me a
ing courts throughout the state. He con- fine, 100 hours of community service
vened a panel of statewide experts in law and six months of probation. Later, I
and business to draft a new Michigan
discovered that I was in a karate class
court rule to help courts, businesses and
with him, and to my consternation —
attorneys handle garnishments more
he remembered me immediately!
efficiently and effectively. Beaudet esti-
Today, I credit him as the moving
mates that businesses in Michigan have
force which has completely changed
realized savings in excess of $25 million,
and courts throughout the state have
Judge Levy is a member of the
realized savings in excess of $10 million
Oakland County Bar Association, D.
in court-staff time.
Augustus Straker Bar Association,
As chief judge of the 46th District
Wolverine Bar Association, Michigan
Court for the past seven years, Judge
and Oakland District Judges'
Levy implemented a Probation
Associations, Women's Bar
Automated Monitoring (PAM) System.
Association, South Oakland Branch
Non-violent offenders are able to report
of the NAACP and League of -
to a monitoring system, relieving proba-
Women Voters-Oakland Area.
tion officers and saving taxpayer dollars.
He is a former director of the
The judge also established video arraign- Southfield Community Foundation,
ments in Southfield's branch of Oakland served as vice president of the PTA
County Jail, decreasing court and coun-
in Bingham Farms Elementary
ty-sheriff costs and increasing overall
School and is on the board of direc-
safety. He also developed a weapons
tors for the Cystic Fibrosis
screening program for the court.
"Judge Levy not only devises real-
Judge Levy, a member of Temple
world solutions to the often hard-to-
Israel, is married to Diana. They
fix realities of older laws on our
have three children.