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Hon. Lita Masini Popke

3rd Circuit Court
Detroit, Michigan


Hon. Lita Masini Popke has been a judge in the court since 2000, with a combined docket of general civil and business court cases. Her prior service includes chief judge pro tem (2009-2013); executive committee (2005-2013, 2016-present); presiding judge, family division (2005-2007); and Mediation Tribunal Association board member. Judge Popke has also held various positions outside the court, including president of the Michigan Judges Association (2013); cochair of the MJA civil and business law committee; member, Judicial Section of the State Bar of Michigan (2009-present); member of the Child Support Leadership Council by appointment of the Michigan Supreme Court from 2004 through 2009; member, Michigan Judicial Institute academic advisory committee; SCAO post-judgment docket committee; faculty member for the MJI new judges seminar; member, State Bar subcommittee on civil discovery scope; member, SCAO committees (judicial resources and case weights, court clerk ministerial duties); Inn of Court; and the Dads From Day One advisory board. Judge Popke has spoken for numerous conferences, seminars, and radio programs. Before joining the bench, Judge Popke was an appointed member of the State Board of Ethics and a Wayne and Oakland County mediator.

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