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Shalina Kumar

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Shalina Kumar
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Current Court Information:
6th Circuit Court, Michigan
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   Gov. Jennifer Granholm
Active:   2007-2020
Preceded by:   Gene Schnelz
Past post:   Associate attorney, Weiner & Cox P.L.C.
Past term:   2004-2007
Past post 2:   Associate attorney, Sommers, Schwartz, Silver & Schwartz P.C.
Past term 2:   2000-2004
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Michigan, 1993
Law School:   University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law, 1996
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  6th Circuit Court
Position:  Unopposed
State:  Michigan
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/4/2014
Election vote:  ApprovedA

Shalina Kumar is a judge for the 6th Circuit Court in Oakland County, Michigan. She was appointed to the court by former Governor Jennifer Granholm on August 20, 2007, to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Gene Schnelz.[1] Kumar was then elected to the court in 2008 and re-elected in 2014. Her current six-year term expires on December 31, 2020.[2][3]



See also: Michigan judicial elections, 2014
Kumar ran for re-election to the 6th Circuit Court.
General: She was unopposed in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3]


Kumar received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1993 and her J.D. degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law in 1996.[1][4]


  • 2007-2020: Judge, 6th Circuit Court
  • 2004-2007: Associate attorney, Weiner & Cox P.L.C.
  • 2000-2004: Associate attorney, Sommers, Schwartz, Silver & Schwartz P.C.
  • 1997-2000: Attorney in private practice [4][1]

Awards and associations

  • Member, Oakland County Bar Association
  • Member, Michigan Association for Justice
  • Member, Federal Bar Association [4]

Notable cases

Kumar sentences two men to life in prison

Kumar sentenced two young men, Tucker Cipriano, 21, and Mitchell Young, 20, to mandatory life in prison for the murder of Cipriano's father, Robert Cipriano. On April 16, 2012, both men entered the Cipriano home in search of money for drugs and, armed with aluminum baseball bats, attacked Robert Cipriano, his wife Rose, and his son Salvatore. Robert died during the attack and both Rose and Salvatore were severely injured. Two other children in the home escaped injury by hiding in the upstairs bedrooms. During the trial, Young and Cipriano accused each other of masterminding the plan. Young denied the crime, maintaining his innocence. Tucker Cipriano, who was adopted, asked for forgiveness and tearfully apologized to his siblings and the rest of the Cipriano family. Judge Kumar, while acknowledging Cipriano's abandonment by his birth mother, mental issues, and drug dependency, addressed him directly, stating: "Others fight through...[w]ith all the support you had, and all the love you had, you threw it away."[5][6]

Kumar's decision reversed on legislative recall

Although Judge Shalina Kumar determined that ballot language to recall Representative Marie Donigan, D-Royal Oak, from office was unclear, a three-judge panel at the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in May 2008 that the language is clear enough to go before voters in November 2008. According to Crain's Detroit Business, "Donigan and House Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Redford Township, are among several legislators targeted for recall because they voted to increase the state income tax and a services tax or both in 2007 to help the state balance its budget."[7]

See also

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