Members



Judith Gracey

Chair of Commission
State Bar Designee
Appointed: October 11, 2023
Term Expires: May 24, 2027

Judith Gracey - Commissioner

Ms. Gracey is a prominent attorney with a diversified practice that includes defense of state and federal criminal defendants, centered in her Sylvan Lake office. A former president of the Oakland County Bar Association, Ms. Gracey has served on the State Bar of Michigan’s Criminal Justice Task Force and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee.




JoAnn Lank

Commissioner
Michigan Court of Appeals Designee
Appointed: May 26, 2022
Term Expires: May 24, 2026

JoAnn Lank - Commissioner

Ms. Lank has worked for the Michigan Court of Appeals for over 30 years and currently serves as District Clerk of the Detroit Office. She is a member of the Court's Quality Review and Court Rules Committees and took a leading role in rewriting the Court's manuals to assist self-represented litigants.




Darryl J. Woods

Commissioner
Governor's Designee
Appointed: June 12, 2020
Term Expires: May 24, 2024

Darry J. Woods - Commissioner

Darryl J. Woods, of Detroit, is an elder at Greater Temple in Detroit and a youth mentor. Mr. Woods is a returning citizen. He was the chairman of the NAACP Detroit Branch Program Committee for over 15 years and he created a youth deterrent program, now referred to as Cared Straight, that diverted youth from the juvenile justice system.




Hon. Thomas L. Solka

Commissioner
Michigan Judges Association Designee
Appointed: May 26, 2021
Term Expires: May 24, 2025

Doug Mains - Commissioner

Judge Solka retired in 2017 after serving eighteen years as a Circuit Court judge for the 25th Circuit in Marquette County. Following retirement from the bench Judge Solka started a mediation and arbitration practice serving the Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan. Before election to the bench in 1998 Judge Solka had 25 years of courtroom experience as a trial and appellate attorney in the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin. His litigation career included experience as a legal services attorney, court appointed counsel for indigent people accused of crimes, and as an Assistant Prosecutor for Marquette County. After leaving the public sector Judge Solka went into private practice concentrating in civil trial and appellate work. He was admitted to practice in Michigan and Wisconsin state courts, the Federal District Court for the Western District of Michigan, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Following his retirement from the bench the Michigan Judges Association awarded Judge Solka the Hilda Gage Judicial Excellence Award for his contributions to the profession, legal scholarship, and to his community.




Brandy Robinson

Commissioner
State Bar of Michigan Designee
Appointed: October 11, 2023
Term Expires: May 24, 2027

Brandy Robinson - Commissioner

Brandy Robinson, of Detroit, is a managing attorney of criminal practice for the Neighborhood Defender Service of Detroit. She is a former vice chair of the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission, a past chair of the State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section, and a past member of the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and African American Studies and Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan.




Janet Welch

Commissioner
Michigan Supreme Court Designee
Appointed: October 11, 2023
Term Expires: May 24, 2027

Janet Welch - Commissioner

Janet Welch was executive director of the State Bar of Michigan from 2007 until her retirement in 2022. She came to the State Bar from the Michigan Supreme Court, where after serving as law clerk to former U.S. Senator and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert Griffin she remained to serve as counsel to five chief justices. She has an extensive history of involvement in court and legal profession reform. Early in her legal career, she was the reporter for Michigan’s 21st Century Courts Commission, and later, as Michigan Supreme Court counsel, helped design and implement trial court restructuring and other administrative reforms. Under her direction, the State Bar of Michigan has led reform efforts in trial court and judicial funding, indigent defense, and access to justice. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Regulatory and Practice Reform committee of the Michigan Supreme Court’s Justice for All Commission and is a member of the governing council of the ABA Center for Legal Innovation.




Conor Dugan

Commissioner
Michigan Supreme Court Designee
Appointed: October 11, 2023
Term Expires: May 24, 2027

Conor Dugan - Commissioner

Conor Dugan, of Grand Rapids, is a partner at SouthBank Legal. Previously, he was senior counsel at Warner Norcross & Judd, counsel at Varnum LLP, counsel at Bancroft PLLC, and an appellate attorney in the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Government from Dartmouth College and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame Law School.