March 2022 Newsletter - Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan

For all the Judges and Staff of the Third Circuit Court, I hope you attended Chief Judge Kenny’s State of the Court Address. The Chief painted a picture of what perseverance and victories look like amid a pandemic. He acknowledged and praised the individual and collective efforts of all of us for figuring out how to deliver justice in our current times, and how to adjust when you learn more or circumstances change. I hope you were there. These have been challenging times but we are making our way through them and we have wins to celebrate. Thank you for your commitment and determination. Thank you for helping Third Circuit Court provide accessible and equal justice with timely dispute resolution.
Judge Noah Hood is Appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals

On March 28, 2019, Governor Gretchen Whitmer appointed Noah P. Hood to the Wayne County Circuit Court. On May 6, 2019, Judge Hood took his oath of office and now serves as a judge in the Criminal Division.
Prior to that appointment, Judge Hood worked as an Assistant United States Attorney. He was assigned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan’s Health Care Fraud Unit, where he prosecuted fraud and opioid-related offenses involving medical professionals. Previously, as an AUSA in the Northern District of Ohio, he focused on prosecuting fraud, money laundering, public corruption, and so-called white collar crime. In May 2018, he received the U.S. Treasury Department, FinCEN Director's Law Enforcement Award for effective use of Bank Secrecy Act data in safeguarding the financial system. In December 2018, he received a certificate of appreciation from the United States Secret Service Director for his superior contribution to the Service’s law enforcement mission. He has also been recognized by the Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, and Customs and Border Protection for his law enforcement contributions.
Prior to his federal service, Judge Hood was a litigation associate at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone. During that time, Michigan Community Legal Resources recognized him for his pro bono work on nuisance abatement in Detroit.
On February 3, 2022, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Judge Noah P. Hood’s appointment to the Michigan Court of Appeals. In her press release, Governor Whitmer stated, "Appointing three skilled, highly-qualified Michiganders to the second highest court in our great state is an honor. Judge Garrett, Judge Hood, and soon to be Judge Patel each bring an essential perspective and impressive record of experience to the bench. I applaud them for stepping up to serve the public on the Michigan Court of Appeals." 
He is a proud alumnus of Cass Technical High School, Yale College, and Harvard Law School. 
Judge Hood currently serves as a member of the State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision and the Association of Black Judges. He has served on the Third Circuit Court Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He is active with the Diaconate Board at Plymouth United Church of Christ, the Yale Club of Michigan, and InsideOut Literary Arts which is a nonprofit providing poetry programing to public schools in Detroit.
Judge Hood lives in Detroit with his wife, Meheret. They are expecting the birth of their first child in March. 
Judge Hood was gracious to provide a final informal interview as a Third Circuit Judge: he speaks on his career path in the law, the value of mentors and mentorship, and the value of having a wonderful Grandmother. Click here to view.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a professional counseling and referral service designed to help with personal, family, and job issues. The service is offered to Benefits Eligible Third Circuit Court Staff.
It is free, voluntary and strictly confidential.
This wellness benefit is available to you and immediate family members. Health Management Systems of America (HMSA) is the provider of EAP services for Wayne County employees. 
In additional to the one-on-one counseling in-person, virtually, or via telephone,
EAP resources are also available online at
Online resources include:
Healthy recipes and preparation videos
Articles and audio recordings on women’s health, men’s health, children’s health
Checklists for selecting daycare
Career Development Planning
Home buying
And many others
Check your email box for further instructions and check out your EAP resources today!
For Immediate Release

Contact:  Hon. Timothy M. Kenny, Chief Judge
Zenell B. Brown, Executive Court Administrator
(313) 224-2236
Subject: 2021 Third Judicial Circuit Court Annual Report Cover Contest
Detroit, MI – “Wayne County is blessed to have many gifted graphic arts students. We encourage these talented high school students to submit their creative designs for the cover of the 2021 Third Circuit Court Annual Report,” says Chief Judge Timothy M. Kenny.

The Third Circuit Court is pleased to announce its 2021 Annual Report Cover Contest. This contest is open to high school students who reside in or attend Wayne County schools. The contest commences at 9:00 a.m. ET on March 1, 2022 and ends at 4:00 p.m. ET on April 15, 2022.

The 2020 Annual Report Cover Contest winner was Jourdan May. He attended William D. Ford Technical Center. He plans to pursue a career in graphic design. He would like to attend College for Creative Studies or CalArts for Illustration.

The entrants in the 2021 Annual Report Cover Contest have the opportunity to win the following prizes:

  • The 1st Place winner will be awarded a laptop computer, 1st Place plaque, and have a reproduction of his or her artwork appear on the cover of the 2021 Third Judicial Circuit Court Annual Report, with his or her name listed as the artwork creator.
  • The 2nd Place winner will be awarded a $100 Visa and/or MasterCard gift card and a 2nd Place plaque.
  • The 3rd Place winner will be awarded a $50 Visa and/or MasterCard gift card and a 3rd Place plaque.

To see the winning entries from last year, view the contest eligibility rules, award information, and details, please visit our website at
Every now and then we all need a little pep talk. Like Peptok, a free emotional-support hotline created by elementary school kids. 

The students of West Side Elementary School in Healdsburg, California, created Peptok, which people can call when that times comes. There is a menu of selections, and plenty sound advice such as “if you’re frustrated, get your wallet and spend it on ice cream or shoes.” Call 707-998-8410 and be encouraged and inspired.

The Third Circuit Court Diversity and Inclusion Team’s Mission: "We appreciate our common connection and respect our diverse and unique human experiences. We move forward as an inclusive organization as we provide accessible and equal justice."

The Court’s Diversity & Inclusion Team strives to ensure the values of its diverse bench, staff, and court users are acknowledged and reflected in our delivery of service as well as our work environment.

In that spirit, the team creates and shares a monthly list of various holidays and observations along with some celebration suggestions. We invite our work community and the community at large to contribute.

APRIL 2022
April Fools’ Day - April 1
Ramadan - April 2
World Autism Awareness Day - April 2
World Health Day - April 7
Day of Silence - April 8
Siblings Day – April 10
National Pet Day – April 11
Passover April 15-23
Husband Appreciation Day – April 16
Easter – April 17
Earth Day – April 22
National Library Week – April 3-9
Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week – April 10-16
National Volunteer Week – April 17-23
Every Kid Healthy Week – April 25-29
Autism Awareness Month
Celebrate Diversity Month
Child Abuse Prevention Month
Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Scottish-American Heritage Month
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Stress Awareness Month

The Diversity & Inclusion Plan can be found on the Court’s website or clicking below.