15th District Court Judge

Karen Quinlan Valvo

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Karen Quinlan Valvo 

In January 2016, Karen Quinlan Valvo was appointed to the 15th District Court by Gov. Rick Snyder to replace Chris Easthope, who resigned in late 2015. Valvo is running to fill the remainder of Easthope’s term, through 2020.

Valvo presides over criminal and traffic cases and the specialized Mental Health and Veterans Treatment Court dockets. Before becoming a judge, Valvo was an attorney in private practice with the firm Fink & Valvo PLLC. She also served on the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents from 2001-2006, and was the board’s chair in 2005-2006. In the past she also was president of the Washtenaw County Bar Association. In 2000 she served as co-chair of the Washtenaw County team for Republican George W. Bush’s presidential campaign.

Valvo earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1993 and a law degree from the University of Toledo in 1997. She currently lives in Ann Arbor, but was a longtime resident of Ypsilanti.

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Karen Quinlan Valvo:  In The News

Court dismisses charge against Michigan's Alex MalzoneDetroit Free Press, June 1, 2016

New district court judge Karen Valvo: 'Judges should be held to a higher standard'MLive, Feb. 14, 2016

Karen Valvo sworn in as new 15th District Court judgeMLive, Jan. 30, 2016

Attorney Karen Valvo appointed Ann Arbor's district court judgeMLive, Jan. 5, 2016

Judge Tim Connors raises more than $100K in quest to keep spot on 22nd Circuit Court, Oct. 26, 2012

Monday Profile: Karen Quinlan ValvoWashtenaw Legal News, June 25, 2012

Bush Campaign Announces Washtenaw County TeamPRNewswire, July 25, 2000