Cornelia Groefsema Kennedy

Hon. Cornelia Groefsema Kennedy
Firm: United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Address: 540 Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse
100 E. Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202-3988
Phone: (513) 564-7000
Fax: (513) 564-7097
Web site:

Position Bar Admissions Education
Honors Affiliations
Current Employment Position(s):
Senior Judge, since March 1, 1999

Appointed 1979 by Senate
Bar Admissions:
Michigan, 1947
The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1947
Honors: With Distinction
Law Review: Board of Editors, Michigan Law Review

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1945

Honors and Awards:
Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Honorary LL.D, Northern Michigan University, 1970

Honorary LL.D., Eastern Michigan University, 1971

Honorary LL.D., Western University, 1973

Honorary LL.D., Detroit College of Law, 1980

Susquential Award, University of Michigan

Honorary LL.D., Northern Michigan University, 1971

Honorary LL.D., Western Michigan University, 1973

Honorary LL.D., University of Detroit, 1987

Sesquicentennial Award, University of Michigan, 1967

Distinguished Service Award, Detroit Association of University of Michigan, 1967

Honoree of the Year, National Association of Women Judges, 1987

Champion of Justice Award, State Bar of Michigan, 1994

Inductee, Michigan Women's Hall of Fame, 2000

Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Bar Association

American Bar Association, 1973 - 1979
Member, Executive Committee of the Appellate Judges' Conference

Federal Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Detroit Bar Association, 1948 - Present

American Judicature Society

National Association of Women Judges

National Association of Women Lawyers

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan

Board of the Judicial Fellows Commission

National Conference of Federal Trial Judges, 1974 - 1975

Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Judicial Activities, 1973 - 1979

Joint Committee on Code of Judicial Conduct, 1973 - 1979

Advisory Committee on Codes of Conduct, 1979

Board of the Federal Judicial Center, 1981 - 1985

American Trial Lawyers Association

American Bar Foundation

Michigan State Bar
Member, Negligence Section

American Law Institute of Michigan

Women Judge's Fund for Justice

Detroit Bar Association
Past Director

Judicial Administration Division Committee on Courts and the Community, 1980 - 1981

Judicial Administration Division Finance Committee

Michigan State Bar Foundation, 1984 - Present

University of Michigan Alumni Association
Past Vice President

University of Michigan Law School
Committee on Visitors

Past Employment Positions:
U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Judge, 1979 - 1999

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Chief Judge, 1977 - 1979

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Judge, 1970 - 1977

Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan, Judge, 1966 - 1970

Markle & Markle, Detroit, Partner, 1953 - 1966

Sole Practioner, Detroit, 1952 - 1953

Elmer H. Groefsema, Detroit, Michigan, Associate, 1948 - 1952

Private Practice, Detroit, Michigan, 1948 - 1966

Chief Judge Harold M. Stephens, United States Court of Appeals for the D. C. Circuit, Law Clerk, 1947 - 1948

Phi Beta Kappa
Birth Information:
1923, Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

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