Gov. Whitmer Appoints 2 Judges to Detroit's 36th District Court

May 08, 2021, 11:52 AM by  Allan Lengel

Sean Perkins

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has appointed attorney Sean B. Perkins and Magistrate Judge Millicent D. Sherman to judgeships in Detroit's 36th District Court.

Perkins is an attorney with the Perkins Law Group in downtown Detroit, headed by his brother Todd Perkins. Sean has handled felony and misdemeanor criminal cases and personal injury, no-fault and bankruptcy cases.

He is also a benefits representative for UAW Local 387 at the Woodhaven Stamping plant. where he was an assembly line worker, hi-lo driver, journeyman and pipefitter before law school. He's a graduate of Wayne State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

"To be able to serve the citizens of this great city, my hometown, the city that I have loved since birth, is a euphoric moment. This is a God-sent moment," Perkins said in a statement. 

He replaces Judge B. Pennie Millender, who died in January at 68. His term expires Jan. 1, 2023.

Millicent D. Sherman

Sherman has been chief magistrate judge in 36th District Court. Before coming to the court, she was a sole practitioner attorney.  

The longtime Detroiter graduated from the University of Michigan and the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law.  

"In 2006, I joined the 36th District Court as a magistrate, and now, almost 15 years to the date, I get to serve the citizens of Detroit in this new capacity," she said in a statement. 

She replaces Judge Nancy Blount, who stepped down Feb. 23. Sherman's term also runs through 2022. 


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