Michigan Supreme Court (Full Term)

Frank Szymanski

Frank Szymanski 

Frank Szymanski is a judge in the Third Circuit Court Juvenile Division of Wayne County, a seat he's held since first elected in 2006. 

Szymanski was nominated as a Michigan Supreme Court candidate by the Democratic Party at its state convention on Aug. 27, 2016. He is running for the full eight-year term.

Szymanski began his career as a history and social studies high school teacher, then was an attorney in private practice for 26 years before being elected to the bench. He is the son of late Judge Frank Szymanski and the brother of David Szymanski, both whom served on the Wayne County Probate Court.

Szymanski also is the author of "Identity Design: Design the Identity You Need to get the Life You Want." He created the Identity Design Program with the 760 Mad Minute Plan, an "interactive course of personal development designed to serve as a research driven guide to powerful and generous living." He started the Michigan chapter of Guitars Not Guns, which provides instruments and lessons to foster children and at-risk youth.

Szymanski received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1974 and his law degree from the University of Detroit in 1980.

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Frank Szymanski:  In The News

See the candidates running for two seats on Michigan's Supreme Court – MLive, Oct. 22, 2016

Detroit-area judges challenge 2 justices on top court – Associated Press, Oct. 16, 2016

Is there a pause in the political battle over state Supreme Court?Michigan Radio, Oct. 6, 2016

Guitars Not GunsDetroit Legal News, Aug. 12, 2016

Wayne judge pushes to ‘kill suspension syndrome’Detroit News, Oct. 6, 2015

Newsmaker: Judge Frank Szymanski Fox News, Aug. 15, 2015

Judge: Boy charged in shooting to get competency examDetroit Free Press, Aug. 10, 2015

Small group of Michigan prisoners working to keep kids out of trouble and on the right trackWXYZ Detroit (ABC affiliate), Sept. 28, 2014