3rd District Court of Appeals Judge
Douglas Shapiro is running for re-election to a six-year term on the 3rd District Court of Appeals. Only the two incumbent judges are running: Shapiro and Jane M. Beckering. They will automatically advance to the Nov. 6 general election.
Shapiro was appointed to the 3rd District Court of Appeals by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, in December 2008. He replaced Judge Michael Smolenski, who resigned. Shapiro then ran for a partial term in 2010, and for a full six-year term in 2012. He was unopposed in both of those races.
In 2008, he was on the ballot for a seat on the Washtenaw County 22nd Circuit Court, running against incumbents Donald Shelton and David Swartz. However, he did not prevail in that election.
Prior to his appointment to the 3rd District Court of Appeals, Shapiro worked in private practice for 17 years as a partner in the Ypsilanti law firm of Muth and Shapiro PC. His work focused on personal injury and civil rights litigation. Previously he represented indigent criminal defendants as an attorney with the State Appellate Defendant Office.
Shapiro received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the UM Law School. He also studied abroad at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland.
Shapiro, an Ann Arbor resident, is married to Jeannette Duane, a paraprofessional with the Ann Arbor Public Schools.
Dave DeVarti of Ann Arbor, a Washtenaw Community College trustee, is serving as Shapiro's campaign treasurer.
Douglas Shapiro: In The News
Killer loses bid to be resentenced for ‘murderous acts’ committed at 17 – WZZM, March 22, 2018
Should Counties Keep Windfalls in Tax Foreclosures? – WKAR, Dec. 12, 2017
Appeals court overturns Sterling Heights woman's child-abuse conviction – Macomb Daily, Sept. 21, 2017
Judge erred in allowing 'expert' to testify, but murder conviction stands – MLive, Aug. 17, 2017
Appeals court upholds Ann Arbor schools’ gun ban – Detroit News, Dec. 16, 2016
Court affirms $5.2M bias verdict for black Michigan troopers – WBAL, Aug. 10, 2016
Schuette won't continue school employee court fight – WZZM, July 5, 2016
Appeals court orders new trial in Lansing rape case – Lansing State Journal, June 16, 2016
Appeals court rules for school employees on 3% refund – Detroit Free Press, June 7, 2016
Michigan State University must release the names of suspects who are student athletes to ESPN, court rules – Student Press Law Center, Aug. 19, 2015
Court upholds order barring new trial in decades-old murder – Lansing State Journal, Aug. 5, 2015
An appalling Court of Appeals decision cries out for reversal – Bridge Magazine, Dec. 30, 2014
Court rules against ACLU in Highland Park schools suit – Detroit Free Press, Nov. 7, 2014
State Court of Appeals upholds judge’s disqualification in marijuana case – Press & Guide, Nov. 21, 2013
Douglas Shapiro to Receive MDTC Award at "Past Presidents" Meeting – Washtenaw County Legal News, Oct. 13, 2011
Appeals court says ‘gay panic’ is not self-defense – PrideSource, June 23, 2011
Michigan Court of Appeals denies appeal in killing case – MLive, June 5, 2009
Ann Arbor attorney not trying to win circuit judge seat – Ann Arbor News, June 27, 2008