Henry Ford College Board of Trustees President Mariam Bazzi Appointed to Wayne County Circuit Court

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Mariam Bazzi

At the beginning of May, Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Mariam Bazzi, president of the Henry Ford College (HFC) Board of Trustees, to the Wayne County Circuit Court. As a result of her appointment to the bench, Bazzi announced she will resign from the HFC Board of Trustees at the May 15 meeting.

“The hardest part of taking this new position as a judge is leaving the Board. This entire thing is incredibly bittersweet because I truly did enjoy my service on the Board. I will miss it. The entire experience of being on the Board has been an eye-opening one. It deepened my appreciation for not only the Dearborn Public Schools (which the Board also oversees) but also HFC. In truth, I have such a deeper understanding and appreciation of what HFC means to the community. I’m really excited about all the great things that the College is doing too,” said Bazzi, who has been on the Board since 2014.

Bazzi has been an asst. prosecuting attorney in Wayne County since 2006. She currently heads the Deed and Mortgage Fraud Task Force. Her tenure as a Wayne County judge begins at the end of this month. She is the second Arab American woman appointed to the bench in Wayne County. Bazzi fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Daphne Curtis earlier this year. She must seek election in 2018 for the remainder of this term and must run again in 2020 for a full term.

“Mariam Bazzi’s commitment to her community and the law makes her a natural pick for the Wayne County Circuit Court. Mariam brings with her to the bench years of experience in complex areas of the law and a proper understanding of the role of the judiciary. I am confident her exemplary service to Wayne County will continue in her new role,” said Snyder.

A Dearborn native, Bazzi graduated from Fordson High School. She earned her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-Dearborn) and her juris doctor in law from Wayne State University Law School. Additionally, she was also a participant in the Harvard Young American Leadership Program in 2016.

“I was torn between higher education and law school. Part of the fact that I wanted to go into education guided me to run for the Board, so I got the best of both worlds,” said Bazzi.

She began her career as a law clerk at the Troy-based law firm of Hamood, Runco and Fergestrom, P.C. before joining the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. In addition to her service on the Board, Bazzi is a member of the Michigan Middle Eastern Affairs Commission (MMEAC), the Governor’s Environmental Justice Task Force (EJTF), the Dearborn/Dearborn Heights League of Women Voters (LMV), and the Arab American Political Action Committee (AAPAC).

“I think I always had the ability to really take myself out of situations and look at things very pragmatically. It’s important to have an understanding of the law, and judges have to understand it’s their task to follow the law. I also believe that my background in terms of the community I came from, my experience with the prosecutor’s office, and my time on the Board have given me a great opportunity to learn patience and understanding – all of which are important qualities for a judge,” said Bazzi.

HFC President and Dr. Stan Jensen and fellow trustee Fadwa Hammoud commented about Bazzi’s impending departure.

“Like Mariam said herself: This is all bittersweet. I am very happy to hear of Mariam’s appointment to the bench, but saddened by the fact that she’s leaving our College Board. I wish she was able to remain because she has been an exemplary leader. Nonetheless, I wish her nothing but success as she takes the next step in her life. She will be deeply missed,” said Jensen.

“We are losing someone who put her heart and soul into everything. Mariam has always demonstrated superb leadership and integrity. She will be an invaluable asset on the bench and to the people of Wayne County; nonetheless, I will miss her,” said Hammoud.