Gershwin A. Drain

Gershwin DrainField of work: Federal Judge

Gershwin A. Drain received his Juris Doctor in 1972 from the University of Michigan Law School. He began his law career as a law clerk in the Third Circuit Court of Michigan. Until 1986, Drain worked as an attorney in the Federal Defender Office in the Eastern District of Michigan, and served as a judge on the Recorder’s Court for Detroit from 1987 to 1997. He served as a judge on the Third Circuit Court of Michigan from 1997 to 2012, when President Obama nominated Drain for District Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. On August 2, 2012, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Drain 55-41, and he was commissioned on August 8, 2012. Drain is also a lifetime member of the NAACP since 1989 and was named “Michiganian of the Year” by the Detroit News in 1997.