Candidate:
3rd District Court of Appeals Judge

Douglas Shapiro
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Douglas Shapiro 

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 in the Nov. 6 general election: Shapiro and Jane M. Beckering

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.

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Douglas Shapiro:  In The News

Killer loses bid to be resentenced for ‘murderous acts’ committed at 17WZZM, 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 standsMLive, Aug. 17, 2017

Appeals court upholds Ann Arbor schools’ gun banDetroit News, Dec. 16, 2016

Court affirms $5.2M bias verdict for black Michigan troopersWBAL, Aug. 10, 2016

Schuette won't continue school employee court fightWZZM, July 5, 2016

Appeals court orders new trial in Lansing rape caseLansing State Journal, June 16, 2016

Appeals court rules for school employees on 3% refundDetroit Free Press, June 7, 2016

Michigan State University must release the names of suspects who are student athletes to ESPN, court rulesStudent Press Law Center, Aug. 19, 2015

Court upholds order barring new trial in decades-old murderLansing State Journal, Aug. 5, 2015

An appalling Court of Appeals decision cries out for reversalBridge 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 casePress & Guide, Nov. 21, 2013

Douglas Shapiro to Receive MDTC Award at "Past Presidents" MeetingWashtenaw County Legal News, Oct. 13, 2011

Appeals court says ‘gay panic’ is not self-defensePrideSource, June 23, 2011

Michigan Court of Appeals denies appeal in killing caseMLive, June 5, 2009

Ann Arbor attorney not trying to win circuit judge seatAnn Arbor News, June 27, 2008