Charity Event Speaker Judge Daniel V. Zemaitis
Judge Daniel V. Zemaitis was elected November 2002 to fill one of the vacant Judgeships for Kent County. He started on the bench on January 1, 2003. Judge Zemaitis has lived on the Northwest side of Grand Rapids most of his life. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in History from Marquette University. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Case Western University in 1977. Judge Zemaitis was the magistrate for the 59th District Court from 1990 to 2002, and in 1995 became Michigan’s first Multi-District Court Magistrate by joining the 62A District Court. Judge Zemaitis was a Visiting Professor of History/Law at Grace Bible College from 1995 to 1997 and 1999 to 2002. He served as an Adjunct Professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School by teaching Family Law.
Judge Zemaitis’ professional activities include being involved with the Children’s Charter, Volunteer Judge with the Michigan High School Mock Trial Tournaments since 1988, the 1999 Recipient of the John W. Cummiskey State Bar Pro Bono Award, the 2012 Michigan CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Judge of the Year, and former member of the Michigan Association of District Court Magistrates. He served on the Grand Rapids Bar Association Pro Bono Committee.