- Sabree replaces Judge Prentis Edwards, Jr.
- She previously served as associate general counsel for Detroit’s water and sewerage department
- Sabree holds a law degree from Michigan State University College of Law
Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Aliyah Sabree to 36th District Court in Detroit. She replaces Judge Prentis Edwards Jr., who joined the Wayne County 3rd Circuit Court in July.
Sabree has been associate general counsel for the city of Detroit Water & Sewerage Department since January and prior to that was the liaison to Detroit City Council for the mayor’s office for more than two years. She began her legal career in 2010 as assistant prosecuting attorney for Wayne County, where her portfolio included armed robbery, carjacking, assault and homicide.
Sabree must seek election in November 2018 for a full term.
“Aliyah has already accumulated a wealth of experience in her career and I’m confident that her dedication to public service will continue to serve Detroit residents well in her new position,” Snyder said in a statement.
Outside the courtroom, Sabree is finance chair and treasurer of the Detroit Institute of Arts—Friends of African and African American Art, an advisory board member for the Boll Family YMCA and a member of the Wolverine Bar Association.
Sabree completed her undergraduate work at Youngstown State University in 2006 and her law degree from Michigan State University College of Law in 2010. She is the great-granddaughter of Michigan civil rights activist Daisy Elliott, who co-authored the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, the news release said.
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