Thursday, June 11, 2020

Breeda K. O'Leary
Breeda K. O'Leary officially became the judge at the 29th District Court in Wayne on Monday when she took the bench for the first time.
O'Leary, a Wayne native, was named to the position by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week. She was an attorney with Fausone Bohn, LLP and is the fourth attorney from that firm to be named to a judicial post.
In her law practice, she served as a city attorney for the City of Wayne, assistant city attorney for the City of Westland, and as a prosecutor in the 29th and 18th District Courts. O'Leary's practice also included civil matters and probate and estate planning.
During her time as an attorney, O'Leary has provided pro-bono assistance to local senior citizens, participated in training for the 29th District Court Regional Behavioral Mental Health Court Program and participated in the 18th District Court Sobriety Court Program.
O'Leary is an advisory board member of the Families Against Narcotics (FAN) Northwest Wayne Chapter, a member of the Wayne 100 Club, vice president of Wayne Main Street, and a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University James Madison College and a Juris Doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. O’Leary lives in Wayne with her husband, Jason, and their two daughters. 
“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve the citizens in my hometown,” O'Leary said.
“A district court judge has a unique opportunity to have a meaningful impact on the community. As judge of the 29th District Court, I will ensure that all individuals are heard and treated with respect.”
O'Leary will replace Judge Laura Mack who announced her retirement as of March 1, leaving a partial term which expires at noon Jan. 1, 2021.
O'Leary said she will be a candidate on the November ballot to complete Mack's term which will continue until Jan. 1, 2025.
The court has operated with visiting judges while candidates were considered by the office of the governor.