Running for Judge
Jane Bassett, fifty-three, received her JD from Detroit Mercy School of Law and has her own practice in Ann Arbor. She says her twenty years of experience in probate court is broader and more "person-centered" than the other candidates'. She also wants to crack down on financial abuse, whether by family members or third-party scammers, by "working with the police and prosecuting attorney."
Bassett is a charter member of the National Family Law Advisory Committee of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a past member of the board of advisors for the Housing Bureau for Seniors, and the mother of two elementary-age children who attend the Ann Arbor Learning Community.
What a probate judge needs most, she says, is to "listen carefully, glean information quickly, and be respectful to all people involved"--while being alert for "red flags" that suggest a caregiver may be abusing his or her power over a vulnerable person. Her endorsers include former city councilmember Sandi Smith and former Pittsfield Township clerk Christina Lirones.
Tamara (Tammy) Garwood, forty-one, received her JD from Detroit College of Law in 1999 and is a partner in an Ann Arbor practice. A strong advocate of mediation and collaborative law, the mother of two young daughters says she wants to be a judge to "help more families and children and those who are most vulnerable, and give back."