North Oakland NAACP honors Circuit Judge Michael Warren

Oakland County Circuit Judge Michael Warren was honored with the H. Wallace Parker Preservation of Justice Award from the Northern Oakland County Branch NAACP last week at the group’s 92nd Annual Freedom Fund Dinner in Pontiac, Michigan.

The award states that it was presented to Judge Warren for “Acknowledging with gratitude, his efforts to renew the spirit of America, encourage Michigan’s citizens of all ages to exhibit pride in patriotism and learn about our country’s historical and constitutional foundations, and further, that as a constitutional constructionist, ensure that the Oakland County Court system ardently upholds the Constitution of the United States of America, ensuring that all people receive equal justice under the law.”

“I am very much humbled to receive this wonderful Preservation of Justice Award,” reflected Judge Warren.  “It inspires me to work even harder to defend the Constitution, ensure equal justice under the law and to educate our students and citizens about the need to understand and protect our liberties.”

“For the year of 2012, Judge Michael Warren was selected to receive this coveted award, and with gratitude we acknowledge his effort to renew the spirit of America, encouraging Michigan citizens of all ages to exhibit pride in patriotism and learn about our country’s history and constitutional foundation,” stated H. Wallace Parker, for whom the award is named after.  “Judge Warren is a most deserving recipient.”

A distinguished and inspiring judge, Warren was appointed to the Oakland County Circuit Court in 2002 by Governor John Engler and currently serves in a leadership position as the Presiding Judge of the Civil/Criminal Division of the Court.  He also serves on the Diversity Committee on the Oakland County Bar Association.

Alarmed that large portions of our students and the general public are ill-informed, Judge Warren and then 10-year-old Leah created Patriot Week in 2009.  The week is anchored by the key dates of September 11 (the anniversary of the terrorist’s attacks) and September 17 (Constitution Day, the anniversary of when the United States Constitution was signed). Patriot Week is a grassroots effort to celebrate and honor America by commemorating its First Principles (the rule of law, equality, unalienable rights, the Social Compact, limited government, and the right to alter or abolish an oppressive government), key historical figures, founding documents and symbols.  It is intended to fill the void left by the commercialization or disregard of our existing holidays. Judge Warren believes that we cannot overstate the importance of the need to reinvigorate our understanding and appreciation of American history to ensure that we remain a free people.  Detailed information about Patriot Week is available at

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