About John Economopoulos for Judge
Attorney John Economopoulos of Escanaba has announced his candidacy for Delta County District Court Judge. “Judge Glenn Pearson has made it known that after his years of service to Delta County, he will not be seeking another term. The District Court plays a critical role in the administration of justice in our community and the preparation for its future begins now.”
“As the father of three young children, two of whom are enrolled in Escanaba’s public elementary schools and one of whom will eventually be, I take my responsibility as a stakeholder in the future of Delta County very seriously. My children will continue their growth in this community for many years before they reach adulthood so my investment in a safe future for them is right here and right now. No court touches more lives than the District Court and you need look no further than under the roof of my home to understand why I am passionate to serve the Court and guide its future in an honorable and principled way.”
“The District Court has benefited greatly from the stability of decades of service from dedicated judges and excellent staffs. At 42, I am prepared to continue that stability by making a long-term commitment to serve Delta County into the future. Throughout my 16 years in the law, I have been blessed with the opportunity to build a strong practice committed to the service of Delta County residents who have trusted my judgment with handling some of the most difficult challenges of their lives. I work hard, I listen very well and, as judge, I am eager to roll up my sleeves in the service of our citizens and our court.”
“My direct involvement with the District Court throughout my career in both criminal and civil matters is extensive and constant. For the past 12 years I have been one of three attorneys selected by Judge Glenn Pearson to handle the District Court’s criminal cases and serve our community’s legal needs. I enjoy dedicating many of my work days to the District Court by personally attending bond hearings, pre-trial conferences, motion hearings, plea hearings, sentencing hearings, preliminary examinations, and trials. As one of the most experienced District Court practitioners in Delta County, I know this court and its staff extremely well and am ready to serve as judge from day one.”
“One of the most meaningful aspects of my District Court experience is the special appreciation I have gained throughout the years for the efforts of our men and women in law enforcement. It is their high quality of work that requires my equally high level of preparation every time that I step into a courtroom. As judge, I look forward to applying the laws that these keepers of the public trust enforce every day.”
“My practice has also been devoted to fighting for children and families. For the past 15 years, I have been selected and trusted by Probate Court Judge Robert Goebel with the handling of child neglect matters within the court. My work includes countless assignments as an advocate for abused and neglected children whose lives are often saved within the courtroom walls. I am grateful for the opportunity to assist with those outcomes.”
“Among my unique qualifications to serve as judge, my work in the area of civil mediations stands out. Mediators, like judges, cut through the rhetoric and attempt to resolve often complex cases so that our courts and our citizens are not burdened with unnecessary trials. I have been selected by my fellow attorneys as the chairperson of hundreds of mediation panels throughout my career. Judge Pearson himself is the last private practitioner to have chaired as many mediation panels as I have and I am thankful for the trust placed in me by my peers to perform that duty.”
“My private practice is also dedicated to helping both mothers and fathers earn custody and parenting time rights with their children in an ethical and responsible way. Early in my career, I helped a father earn custody rights of his four-year-old son whose mother sold narcotics out of the same home where the child slept at night. Today, that child has grown into a respectful young man whose life is forever changed thanks to the love of a father whose trust I am grateful to have earned. I am blessed to have helped parents realize many such outcomes throughout my career.”
A lifelong resident of Escanaba, John is a 1989 graduate of Escanaba High School and he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor Degree from Thomas Cooley Law School, where he was awarded the Certificate of Merit during his final year for being the top student in Trial Workshop, a course which measures courtroom trial skills through intensive competition. John also worked as a law clerk in Escanaba during the summers between his college and law school years. After graduating from law school, he joined the law firm of Viau & Chapekis, P.C., where he became a partner before eventually establishing his own law practice.
John currently serves on the board of directors of the Delta County Cancer Alliance and he is the chairperson of the City of Escanaba Traffic Safety Advisory Committee. He has served as president of the Delta County Bar Association and as president of the parish council of his church. He is a past member of the Delta County Jaycees and he has given multiple presentations during Law Day to Delta County’s “Delta Force” members over the years. He has also assisted with lecturing at the time that Bay College offered the “People’s Law School.” John remains active in volunteering for the school activities of his children including chaperoning field trips and working at student festivals and fundraising activities.
During his career, Economopoulos has been a member of the American Bar Association, the Michigan Bar Association and the Delta County Bar Association. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.
Economopoulos is the son of Chris and Leia Economos of Escanaba. His wife, Christina, was formerly employed at the State Bank of Escanaba/U.P. State Bank and she is now the full-time mom of their three children. The couple’s oldest daughter, Gia, attends the Escanaba Upper Elementary School and their daughter, Leia, attends Lemmer Elementary School. Their son, Chris, is the three-year-old “baby brother” of the family. Christina is very active in volunteering with the children’s school activities by giving numerous class presentations over the years, chaperoning field trips and assisting in the classroom. She has also served as a Sunday School teacher and is actively involved with church events for fundraising and charity.
“This is an exciting time for Delta County and the time to vote for the future of our District Court - - the “court of the people”- - is upon us. I have the depth of experience to serve as judge and I believe in the firm and fair application of our laws. The court’s sentencing and probation methods must be equal to the task of effectively deterring repeat offenders and the voices of crime victims must continue to be heard. Alcohol and drug-related crimes burn holes in our community. Violent crimes, particularly those against women, devastate our efforts to preserve a civil society. The District Court is the first firewall of protection for our citizens and it will be my priority as judge to ensure that it remains so.”
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