Introducing Judge Lowe
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Judge Lowe has served the 35th District Court since January of 1995. In his early years on the bench he assisted in or oversaw: the drafting and implementation of the Domestic Violence program, the creation of our Law Day activities, the expansion of our outreach programs, the drafting of our juvenile court procedures, and the implementation of a formula for the payment of indigent attorney fees that has virtually resulted in revenues that fully fund the public defender.
In the later part of his tenure he has assisted in or overseen: the creation and implementation of the Teen Court, the creation of several citizens feedback processes (including the first citizen survey and town hall meetings resulting in our first annual report), the implementation of the Victim’s Impact Panel, as well as the CATCH and ignition interlock programs for drunk drivers, the expansion of our work detail program and its participation in the states Adopt A Road program, the use of alternative dispute resolution options such as neighborhood mediation and case review by the Detroit Bar Association, the review and modification of many of the court’s standard forms and assisted in the design and planning for the new 35th District Court building.
Currently he is overseeing the creation and implementation of the Drug/Sobriety Court, the updating of the advice of rights forms for criminal misdemeanors and probation violations, the drafting of procedures for the use of translators, assisting in the creation and implementation of procedures for e-filing in the court and the e-training of our staff, the redesign of our web site and serving on the Court Historical Committee as it plans several displays for the court building.
Judge Lowe graduated from Plymouth-Salem High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Hillsdale College and his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He currently serves as the Chair of the Law Related Education Committee of the State Bar of Michigan, as a board member of the Center for Civic Education Through Law and as President of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School Southeastern Michigan Alumni Association. He was recently appointed to the Academic Advisory Committee of the Michigan Judicial Institute and the Secondary Schools Civic Curriculum Project of the Open Justice Commission of the State Bar of Michigan.
Judge Lowe is a member of the Michigan Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Michigan District Judges Association, the American Judges Association and the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association. He remains active in the community as a member of the Plymouth Rotary, the First United Methodist Church, and the Partnership for the Arts and Humanities. He regularly donates his storytelling talents to schools and other organizations in our community. When not on the bench he spends his free time with his wife and two sons.