Livingston County's newest circuit judge, Michael P. Hatty, knows how to draw a crowd. The 44th circuit court judge was sworn in Wednesday (June 24, 2009) before a standing-room-only crowd that also spilled out into the hallway of the second-floor courtroom of the Livingston County Historic Courthouse.
It was equally packed at the reception afterward at Crystal Gardens.
The crowds are a sign of the respect that Hatty has among the legal community and the general public, as many who came were not lawyers. The comments made on his behalf by judges, including some Republicans, also indicate the widespread support he has.
Retired Judge Daniel Burress commented that he has never known anyone who loved the practice of law more than Judge Hatty.
Our newest judge is a class act who will act with fairness toward all.