Ann Arbor News, March 20, 1990
JUDICIAL NEWCOMER: Newly sworn Washtenaw Juvenile Court Judge Nancy Francis gets help from her mother and father, Emma and Albert Wheeler (in background), and her son, Joe Francis, in putting on her judicial robe Monday as she begins her new job. Francis, the first black judge in Washtenaw County, was sworn in by Michigan Supreme Court Justice Dennis W. Archer during a robing ceremony at the Washtenaw County Courthouse. Ceremonies also were conducted Monday for Francis at 14A-3 District Court in Chelsea and at 14th District Court in Ypsilanti. Francis was appointed by Gov. James Blanchard last month to fill the Probate Court vacancy left by the resignation of Judge Judith J. Wood.
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Laurita Thomas was born in 1950, and her family lived in southwest Detroit and Ontario, California. She attended the University of Michigan and pursued two master’s degrees from Wayne State University and Eastern Michigan University. Throughout her career, Thomas has pushed for better career opportunities for women and women of color. She worked at U-M for 47 years, eventually serving as Vice President for Human Resources. A survivor of domestic violence, she regularly shares her story and was president of the board of Safe House Center in Ann Arbor.