Judge Damon Keith

JUDGE DAMON J. KEITH: The real soul of Detroit Cool

Judge Damon J. Keith is truly a citizen of the world. He is recognized internationally for his humanitarian accomplishments and ground-breaking judicial rulings in areas such as housing, access to education, and the First Amendment in civil rights.

Damon J. Keith was born in Detroit, Michigan, and has served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit since 1977. Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeals, Judge Keith served as Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

As a member of the federal judiciary, Judge Keith has consistently stood as a courageous defender of the constitutional and civil rights of all people.

He has trained dozens and dozens of law clerks who have gone on to national leadership.

Presented an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard University the school declared, “Avatar of independence, champion of equal justice under law, a just and humane jurist who has shared and shaped the action and passion of his time”.

Judge Keith’s annual Soul Food luncheon showcases the real sense of diversity Detroit serves up. And you are really a part of Detroit Cool if seen at this yearly event.

Judge Keith has been a leading force in energizing the rebirth of our great city.


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