Oxholm Takes the Bench


On Thursday, Aug. 18, Judge Maria Oxholm (third from right) was officially sworn in during a ceremony in Bankruptcy Judge Phillip J. Shefferly’s courtroom. Gladly welcoming Oxholm to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court were (left to right) Judges Daniel S. Opperman, Walter Shapero, Marci B. McIvor, Mark A. Randon, and Phillip J. Shefferly.

Photo by John Meiu

On July 1, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit appointed Maria L. Oxholm as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Iowa, effective August 18, 2016. Pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding, Bankruptcy Judge Vacancy Pilot Program entered into between the Judicial Councils of the Eighth Circuit and the Sixth Circuit, Oxholm will have a duty station in Detroit and will sit as a bankruptcy judge in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Oxholm graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1988. Following graduation, Oxholm worked as a law clerk for the Immigration Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and, from 1989 to 1999, she worked as an assistant Wayne County prosecuting attorney specializing in child abuse and domestic violence prosecutions. In 1999, Oxholm was appointed to the Wayne County 36th District Court. She was the first Hispanic woman judge to serve on that court. In 2002, Oxholm was appointed and elected to the Third Judicial Circuit Court assigned to the Family Division. She was re-elected to the Circuit Court in 2006 and 2012. While at the Circuit Court, Oxholm served on the Executive Committee of the Court, and as presiding judge of the Family Division, the Civil Division, and the Business Court. Oxholm has also served as a board member on a number of community organizations, including SER-Metro and the William Booth Legal Aid Clinic.



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