After graduating from Detroit College of Law,
Judge Julia Owdziej started her legal career as an Assistant Attorney General at the Lincoln Hall of Justice in Detroit. She worked in the Wayne County Probate Court on behalf of Michigan Attorney General Frank J. Kelley representing the Department of Human Services.
Julia moved to Washtenaw County in 1991 where she was appointed as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney by William F. Delhey. She continued to serve the citizens of Washtenaw County under Prosecutor Brian Mackie until 1999. She successfully prosecuted cases in every criminal court in the county including assaults, armed robbery and murder.
In 1999 Julia was appointed by Judge Nancy C. Wheeler to serve as a Washtenaw County Juvenile Court Referee. As Referee, Julia presides over juvenile delinquency cases from preliminary hearing through trial and disposition (sentencing).
In 2007 she was further entrusted to supervise the Washtenaw County Juvenile Drug Court, an intensive treatment program for children with drug/alcohol issues.
In 2011 Julia was appointed to the position of Deputy Register/Referee in the Washtenaw County Probate Court by the Hon. Donald Shelton, where she presided over minor guardianship and conservatorship hearings, conducted instructional classes for all newly appointed guardians and conservators and ensured the proper administration of decedent estate cases. The Register also serves as legal advisor to the Probate Court.
On June 2, 2014 was appointed by the governor Rick Snyder to the Washtenaw County Probate Court and on June 3, 2014 she was sworn in as Probate Judge.
Julia is an active leader in 4-H, has served on the Board of Directors of COPE, an alternative education program and sat on the Child Death Review Team of Washtenaw County. She is a member of the Michigan School-Justice Partnership, a statewide collaborative to prevent the school to prison pipeline.
She is married to John, also an attorney and they have a 17 year old daughter.
Judge Julia finished first in the August primary and won the general election on November 4, 2014.
Julia thanks all those who participated in the process.