President’s Message




My name is Austin W. Garrett and I am honored to be the President of the Association of Black Judges (“ABJM”) for the 2018/2019 Board Year.  I am a District Court Judge at 36th District Court in Detroit, Michigan.  The Association of Black Judges of Michigan was founded with the goal of protecting, amplifying, and growing the voices of the Black judiciary in the State of Michigan.  As President, I, along with current ABJM officers, Treasurer Judge Larry Williams Jr. and Secretary Kenyetta Stanford Jones, I seek to make strides to further achieve those goals.

Despite the passage of time and the increase in the number of Black jurists across this state, there is still much work to be done to make sure that we are considered, counseled, and of concern when changes to the judiciary, and state law impacting the judiciary, are afoot.  To do so, we must organize ourselves and partner with allies in the legal field and communities we serve.  This is not easy work, but it is necessary work!  I am happy to be undertaking this task as President this year and as an ABJM member for years to come..


Thank You


This website was the work of a number of people.  It took enormous effort, much time, and dedication.  This project would not have been possible without the guidance, assistance, and perseverance of two very special members of the ABJM, Judge Demetria Brue and Judge Debra Nance.  I want to take a moment to thank both for helping me to create this website for your organization.

Sincerely, Mark St. Peter, CCE CFE

“As judges we must remain humble and we must be ever mindful: “to hear the small as well as the great, and be not afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s”-Deuteronomy chapter 1: verses 16, and 17.

Judge Demetria Brue
36th District Court

“Our mission is to seek the eradication of race and class bias from all aspects of the judicial process, to promote the continuing judicial education of its members, to improve public confidence in our courts, and to advocate for the appointment of Judges of color to all courts throughout the state.”

Judge Debra Nance
46th District Court