Honorable Wanda M. Stokes

Courtroom located in
Mason Courthouse
3rd Floor

Notice:  Due to COVID-19, all hearings are currently being conducted remotely via Zoom.  If you are a member of the public interested in attending one of Judge Stokes' virtual hearings, please call the judges's office at 517-676-7223 and leave your name and phone number; you will be contacted with an access code so that you may attend the hearing.

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  • Appointed Circuit Court Judge – December, 2018
  • Term Expires - January, 2021


  • Michigan State University, B.A.
  • University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law, Juris Doctorate


  • Ford Motor Company, Office of General Counsel
  • Auto Owners Insurance Company as an Attorney and Director
  • State of Michigan
    • Dept. of Attorney General in various positions including:
      • Assistant Attorney General
      • Chief of Staff
      • Bureau Chief
      • Division Chief
      • Practice Group Leader
    • Deputy Director of Michigan Dept. of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs
    • Director of Talent Investment Agency – Cabinet Member
  • Private Law Practice in both civil and criminal areas
  • Litigation Experience in both Federal and State Courts
  • Admitted to practice in Eastern District of Michigan; Western District of Michigan; and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Adjunct Professor at Thomas Cooley Law School


  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Ingham County Bar Association
  • Davis-Dunnings Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Michigan Judges Association
  • Commissioner of Attorney Grievance Commission (2012 – 2015)
  • Member of State Bar Character and Fitness Committee (2008 – 2018)

Community Involvement

    •  Michigan Women Forward (MWF) formerly Michigan Women’s Foundation (2018 – present)
    •  Lansing NAACP (2012 – present)
    •  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (1990 to present)
    •  Highfields Board of Directors (1994 – 1999; Chair 1997 – 1998
    •  Board of Directors for Boys and Girls Club of Lansing (2003 – 2010)
    •  Board of Directors for the Capital Area United Way; Member of the 
    •  Executive Committee and Audit Committee Chair (2008 – 2012)
    •  YWCA of Lansing (1995 – 1999)
Lives with her husband, retired army Colonel James E. Stokes, in Okemos, MI.