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Christopher P. Yates

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Christopher P. Yates
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Current Court Information:
17th Circuit Court, Michigan
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   Gov. Jennifer Granholm
Active:   2008-2019
Preceded by:   Dennis Kolenda
Past post:   Partner, Yates, LaGrand & Denenfield
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Kalamazoo College
Law School:   University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  17th Circuit Court
State:  Michigan
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/6/2012
Election vote:  100%ApprovedA

Christopher P. Yates is a judge of the 17th Circuit Court in Kent County, Michigan. He was appointed to this position by Governor Granholm on April 10, 2008 to replace former Judge Dennis Kolenda.[1] He was re-elected on November 4, 2008 to a partial term that ended on January 1, 2013.[2] His current term expires on January 1, 2013.


Yates received his undergraduate degree from Kalamazoo College in 1983 and his law degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987.[1][3]


Yates is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan and Federal Public Defender for the Western District. He was the Chief Federal Public Defender prior to becoming a private practice lawyer in 2004. He first served with the firm of Willey, Chamberlain & Yates and later became a partner in the firm of Yates, LaGrand & Denenfeld. He was appointed to the circuit court in 2008. He has also taught at the Michigan State University School of Law and Davenport University.[1][4]

2012 election

Yates was re-elected after running unopposed in 2012.[5][6]

See also: Michigan judicial elections, 2012 - Circuit Courts

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