Judicial Award

This award commends judges for their service to and on behalf of the civil bar, the legal profession, and the public. It was established to recognize judges who have demonstrated the highest standards of judicial excellence in the pursuit of justice, while exemplifying courtesy, integrity, wisdom, and impartiality. It is awarded to judges who best exemplify that which brings honor, esteem, and respect to the practice of law.

2015 Recipient

Judge Joseph F. Farah
Genesee County Circuit Court


Hon. Joseph J. Farah was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1975 and Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1979. He was a private practitioner 1980 until 1998 and his major areas of practice were appellate work, criminal law and domestic relations. Judge Farah was appointed to the Genesee County Circuit Court in March 1998, replacing Hon. Thomas C. Yeotis. He was assigned to the Family Division and handled domestic and juvenile cases until 2005. He is currently assigned to the Civil/Criminal Division. Judge Farah is a member of the Genesee County and Michigan Bar Associations, Centennial Inns of Court, and the West Flint Optimist Club. He is a board member of the Michigan Judges Association, Cooley Law School, Metro Community Development, and Michigan Board of Law Examiners. Judge Farah wrote and directed a short film entitled, "Jury Duty: It Isn't Fair If You're Not There", which is distributed statewide.

Judicial Assignment Civil-Criminal Division
Judicial Service 1998 - present

Previous Recipients

2012 Justice Marilyn Kelly

2013 Judge Christopher M. Murray, Michigan Court of Appeals

2014 Judge Joseph G. Scoville, Western District of Michigan

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