The Police Officers Association of Michigan has chosen Judge Steven R. Servaas. 63rd District Court Judge, as their 2012 Jurist of the Year.
Judge Servaas is a graduate of Grand Rapids Union High School, a 1967 graduate of Trinity Univesity in San Antonio, Texas, and a 1969 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.
He has always been athletic. While at Union High School, he was a three-time Class A singles tennis champion, and a two-time letter winner in football and wrestling. At Trinity he was a three-year letterman, and a member of the #1 nationally-ranked 1964 collegiate tennis team. In 1969, he was voted the most valuable intramural athlete for the graduate school and won third place in the first ever all-campus power lifting contest. He is still an athlete today, playing tennis, racquetball and golf on a regular basis.
After law school, Judge Servaas served as an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University, teaching Criminal Law and Business Law in undergraduate school, and Administrative Law in the graduate school. He was also on faculty at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) in Chicago.
Judge Servaas spent two years working as an assistant Kent County Prosecuting attorney. In 1972, at age 27, he was elected District Court Judge in the 63rd District, and at the time, he was the youngest ever elected District Court Judge in the state of Michigan. (He may still hold that record today.)
Judge Servaas has just completed his 40th year as a district court judge. During his 40 years on the bench, he has mentored many attorneys and police officers that have passed through his courtroom. His community gathers around him in support and he is the longest serving judge in Michigan history.