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Judge Debra Nance

About Judge Nance

  1. Background

    Judge Nance has lived in Southfield for over 30 years. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, and a parish member at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church in Beverly Hills and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Detroit. Judge Nance remains active in the community and looks forward to a term of continuing service.

  2. Current Term

    Judge Debra Nance was elected to the bench on November 6, 2012. She began a six-year term as Judge of the 46th District Court on January 1, 2013.

  3. Education

    Judge Nance received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Detroit. She obtaining her law degree from Wayne State University Law School.

  4. Law Career

    Judge Nance gained invaluable experience while working in the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Domestic Violence Unit and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Child & Family Abuse Bureau as an intern. After graduating she worked on assignment to the Office of the General Counsel at Ford Motor Company. In 2001, she went into private practice at a mid-sized law firm where she developed a successful litigation practice in the areas of Civil Litigation, Probate Litigation, Juvenile & Family Litigation and Adoption Law.

  5. Community Service

    Judge Nance has volunteered in numerous projects prior to taking the bench. She has volunteered at free legal aid clinics. She worked to educate our youth by participating in the 50th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Project in Southfield Public Schools. She has supported organizations such as the Women’s Survival Center of Oakland County and Alternatives for Girls coming out of foster care. She worked as an “Election Protection Attorney” in a number of elections to ensure the fairness and integrity of the election process. Judge Nance has also worked as a Volunteer Attorney Mediator for small claims, consumer and commercial disputes, and landlord/tenant matters in District Court.


  • Wolverine Bar Association
  • Michigan State Bar Association
  • Michigan District Judges Association
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
  • Oakland County District Judges Association
  • The Association of Black Judges of Michigan

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