I had the extreme honor and pleasure of being invited by Prosecutor Jessica R. Cooper to participate in their office holiday luncheon. I was invited with a few other law enforcement professionals all of whom were honored by the Prosecutor and her staff for our work with their office.
Judge Cooper (as we all call her) has had a distinguished legal career before being elected prosecutor, including time on the Oakland County Circuit Court bench and as a Michigan Appeals Court judge among other judicial elections and appointments. She was elected Oakland County Prosecutor in 2008 (click here for her bio). She was recognized as one of twelve “the best of the best” power lawyers in the metropolitan area by Crain’s Detroit Business Weekly and has many other honors and accomplishments. If you have an opportunity to meet her you will note that she is small in stature but mighty in experience and knowledge -all of which she brings to bear on behalf of the people of this county who find themselves victimized by criminals.
She also cares about children–particularly those who find themselves in the custody of the county through no fault of their own. The people in their lives have failed them through abuse or neglect. The Prosecutors’ (all of them) have formed a foundation that raises money to buy gifts for these children for Christmas. Kids come in with only the clothes on their backs after they have been removed from their homes. If there are no suitable family members to place them with they stay at Oakland County Children’s Village, Mandy’s Place. The Prosecutors’s Foundation for Kids makes sure that they have pajamas and a robe, a change of clothes, personal toiletries, activity books and few small things for fun – everyone should have gifts on Christmas and that is what this organization does. I’m honored to be a member of her foundation board-they are doing work I care about–helping kids.
Judge Cooper is a strong law enforcement prosecutor who, along with an outstanding staff, does a great job for this county.
Receiving an award like this from such an outstanding professional in our field is truly an honor.
Thank YOU, Judge Cooper for all of the work that you and your staff do for the kids at Mandy’s Place and on behalf of all of the victimized in our county.