Gierhart announces candidacy for Tuscola County 54th Judicial Circuit Judge
TUSCOLA COUNTY - Attorney Amy Grace Gierhart, a native of Caro, has announced her candidacy for Judge of the 54th Judicial Circuit for Tuscola County. She will run for a full, 6-year term in the November General Election.
Gierhart, a Caro High School graduate, a 1991 Alma College graduate, with degrees in Business Administration and History, and a 1994 University of Kentucky College of Law graduate, has practiced continuously in Tuscola County since her admission to the bar in 1994. She has had her own general law practice in Caro since 1999.
Her law practice has been devoted to criminal defense, family law matters, and civil matters. She is on the CJA panel for the Federal District Court of Eastern Michigan, both Bay City and Flint panels, as well as the CJA panel selection committee.
She has appeared in both state and federal courts, including having argued before the Sixth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.
Gierhart has been extensively involved in the community, serving on the Thumb Area Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors since 1996. She is a member of the Caro Rotary Club, the Kiwanis Club of Caro, and Lake Huron Friends of Scouting. She is a member of Caro United Methodist Church. She is the treasurer for the Tuscola County Bar Association, a member of the State Bar of Michigan, and a member of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan.
Gierhart is engaged to be married in June. Her fiance, Patrick Hagen, is a salesman and a lifelong resident of Tuscola County. Her parents, Dave and Linda Gierhart, are retired school teachers who reside in Caro.
Gierhart said, “I believe that I possess an objectivity which is the culmination of 17 years of advocating for a wide range of litigants, in front of many different jurists. I recognize the importance of timely access to justice for litigants and the efficient distribution of justice by the Court. I have lived in Tuscola County since I was 6, have been a very active citizen in the community, and believe that these experiences have made me very familiar with the norms and morals of the community. I have always enjoyed good working relationships with my colleagues and the Judges that I have appeared before, both in State and Federal Courts, Tuscola County and the surrounding counties. At this time in history, an ability to be flexible and to work well with others is paramount. I am confident that I would be able to implement change and reform in the Circuit Court to better utilize the court's ever shrinking resources. Finally, I believe that I am the most fair, ethical and qualified candidate for the position.”