3rd District Court of Appeals Judge
Jane M. Beckering
Jane M. Beckering
Jane Marie Beckering is running for re-election to a six-year term on the 3rd District Court of Appeals. Only the two incumbent judges are running: Beckering and Douglas B. Shapiro. They Both Connors and Kuhnke will automatically advance to the Nov. 6 general election.
Beckering has served on the Court of Appeals since 2007, when she was appointed to the bench by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, to replace Judge Janet Neff. Beckering subsequently ran unopposed in 2008 for a partial term, and was unopposed again in 2012 for a full six-year term.
In 2006, Beckering ran for a seat on the Michigan Supreme Court but did not prevail in that statewide race.
Prior to her appointment to the 3rd District Court of Appeals, Beckering was a co-founder and partner in the Grand Rapids law firm of Buchanan & Beckering PLC, along with her father John C. Buchanan and her brother, Rob Buchanan. She was a trial lawyer specializing in medical negligence and wrongful death cases. She began her career working with the Chicago law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery PC, handling commercial litigation.
Beckering is a member of the Michigan Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions and the Steering Committee for the Hillman Trial Advocacy Program. She is co-editor of Michigan Civil Procedure, published by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Her community work previously included serving on the board of the Michigan Migrant Legal Assistance Project, where she was secretary/treasurer for four years.
She earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
Beckering lives in the Grand Rapids area and is married to Ray Beckering, an assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Michigan. The couple has three children.
Troy Haney, a Grand Rapids attorney, is serving as her campaign treasurer.
Jane M. Beckering: In The News
Court reaffirms validity of voice recognition – Detroit News, Nov. 28, 2017
Mother of Kent County's youngest convicted killer loses appeal – MLive, June 16, 2017
Court: Michigan teachers can quit union any time they want – Detroit Free Press, May 3, 2017
Disputed evidence to be allowed in coach's trial for alleged sex crimes – MLive, April 11, 2017
Political contributions in 2016 elections – CampaignMoney.com
Court rules Michigan wolf hunt law unconstitutional – Detroit Free Press, Nov. 23, 2016
Gov. Rick Snyder to appeal return of $550M to Michigan school employees – WZZM, July 5, 2016
Thorny teacher pension case returns to Court of Appeals – Detroit Free Press, July 6, 2015
Appeals judges call for change to sex offenders registration law – The Macomb Daily, April 1, 2015
Michigan Court of Claims move is constitutional, appeals court rules – MLive, Aug. 20, 2014
No Guns in the Library: Curbing the Second Amendment in the Stacks – Library Journal, Jan. 9, 2013
Appeals court upholds decision barring factory farms from water pollution in Michigan – Muskegon Chronicle, March 30, 2011
Judge: Criminal allegations against Jack Buchanan Sr. in Hangar 42 project are frivolous – MLive, Dec. 18, 2010
Beckering Takes A Seat – Grand Rapids Business Journal, Sept. 10, 2007
Questionnaire for Michigan Supreme Court Candidates – League of Women Voters, Fall 2006