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Leading by Example, Honorable Judge Herman Marable, Jr. Class of 1980

Juliette Olejnik
When you are creative, talented and compassionate – the results transform lives.

That’s exactly what Flint’s 67th District Judge Herman Marable’s singing talent has done. Belting out his favorite childhood song, “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl),” by Looking Glass, in a local karaoke contest in 2004 earned him a $1,000 first prize – which he did not hesitate to use as seed money for the Judge Herman Marable Student of the Month/Year Award. He went on to win another karaoke contest and raked in $5,000 – all invested in the next generation of law-focused learners.

The award is in perfect harmony with Marable’s intent to plant seeds of education and promote career goals for kids who might not have been encouraged to go to college. So far, more than 100 Flint and Genesee County area high school students have been recognized and selected based on essays – they get an opportunity to job-shadow the Judge, visit the Michigan State University campus and talk to admissions advisors, eat lunch on campus and visit the dorms. In addition, they receive $75 and a trophy.

James Richardson, Jr., a junior at Grand Blanc High School, was chosen Judge Herman Marable Student of the Year 2017. He plans to attend college, study criminal justice and become a prosecuting attorney. “Judge Marable is an upstanding man who gave me great insight on what it takes to become an attorney,” says Richardson. “He gave me a real-life glimpse into the steps and requirements needed to get there and reach my goals.”

Read the full article featured in Flint, Michigan's My City Magazine.
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