|Douglas B. Shapiro|
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|Current Court Information:|
|Michigan Third District Court of Appeals|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Jennifer Granholm|
|Preceded by:||Michael Smolenski|
|Past post:||Partner, Muth and Shapiro, PC|
|Home State:||New York|
|Bachelors:||University of Michigan, 1983|
|Law School:||University of Michigan Law School, 1986|
|Candidate for:||Court of Appeals|
|Election information 2012:|
Douglas B. Shapiro is a judge on the Michigan Third District Court of Appeals. He was appointed to this position on February 2, 2009 to replace Michael Smolenski. His current term expires on January 1, 2019.
Judge Shapiro earned a B.A. degree in history from the University of Michigan in 1983 and his J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1986. He also studied abroad at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. 
Judge Shapiro began his legal career in 1986 as a law clerk to Justice James Brickley of the Michigan Supreme Court. In 1989, worked as an assistant in the State Appellate Defenders Office. After this, he worked as a staff attorney with the Center Social Gerontology. He joined the law firm Muth and Fett, PC in 1991 and became a partner of the firm Muth and Shapiro, PC in 1995. He continued his practice with this firm through his appointment to the Court of Appeals. Throughout his career, he has served on various commitees, has been published in law journals, and has lectured on law.
- See also: Michigan judicial elections, 2012
- Main article: Michigan judicial elections, 2010
Campaigns and Campaign Finance Reporting
According to Newsmeat , Shapiro has given substantially (in the thousand dollar ranges) to Democratic candidates, including John Kerry, Barack Obama, Congressional candidates Gary Peters, Mark Schauer, David Allen Nacht, former Congresswoman Nancy Rivers, and US Senator Debbie Stabenow. He was appointed by Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm two months after the November 2008 election, which seemed to be his most active in contribution terms.
In 2008, he filed a campaign finance statement of organization declaring he would spend less than a $1000 (requiring no further reporting) in a local race for 22nd Circuit Court judge in Washtenaw County.  According to other records with the Secretary of State, he filed to run as the third person in a race for two judgeships where to long-time well-known incumbents were already running . Winning against an incumbent in Michigan is difficult at best, but without spending money (with a person clearly in the loop for raising it) likely impossible. The combination of those facts may suggest that he was signalling an interest in a judgeship or preparing for the retirement of one of the judges on the ballot by giving himself free perceived voter "ballot-identification" for the next election cycle. Contrary to media reports that he backed out after it was clear one of the judges wouldn't file and would retire, Shapiro's signatures were filed a full month after both judges filed affidavits to run.
- Judges of the Michigan Court of Appeals
- Shapiro answers interviewer questions about his January 2009 appointment
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Judge Shapiro biography
- ↑ Michigan 2010 Unofficial General Election Results: Court of Appeals
- ↑ Michigan Department of State, Unofficial 2012 General Election Results: 3rd District Court of Appeals Judge
- ↑ Michigan Department of State, 2012 Unofficial Michigan Primary Candidate Listing
- ↑ Michigan 2010 candidate list