Robert Springstead Named To Circuit Court Bench
By N3 News Team
When Governor Rick Snyder announced on Thursday that he will appoint Newaygo County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Springstead to the 27th Circuit Court bench covering Newaygo and Oceana counties it was the fulfillment of a goal 23 years in the making for the local attorney who has served in office since 2010.
“It’s pretty amazing,” said Springstead after learning of the appointment. “It’s still just sinking in.”
The vacancy on the bench was created when the Honorable Judge Anthony A. Monton announced last fall...
...he would be retiring on March 1st.
“I get a little nostalgic about what got me here. I think of all the lawyers and past judges that become part of you and part of your philosophy and how you hope to handle yourself.”
“It got me thinking about Judge Carney over in Oceana County what a common sense humble guy he was. I kind of grew up cutting my teeth on misdemeanors in his court.
“I thought about Judge Thomas who has been there my entire career as a mentor and Judge Monton and all the local judges who help make you who you are.
“My hope is that with younger lawyers coming up that I can have that sort of influence on them.”
Before assuming the role as County Prosecutor Springstead was in private practice as a partner at Springstead Law Offices where he served as defense counsel in misdemeanor and felony cases. He also represented clients in domestic relations matters, real estate, and civil litigation. He began his career in 1995 as an associate at Springstead & Bostic, PC, in Hart, Michigan.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College in 1990 and his law degree from Detroit College of Law in 1993.
“I was obviously ecstatic to get the appointment with such a great group of candidates seeking it. All of them have wished me well and that means a lot to me.”
With a busy caseload there was little time to celebrate when the news came.
“I spent the whole afternoon in court. I had a few minutes to take the phone call from the governor and send out some calls and texts to family and friends, then I had to get back to court.”
The newest Circuit Court Judge will be taking the bench sometime next week.
As for the now open Prosecutor position?
After his swearing in it will be Judge Springstead who will be appointing his replacement after posting the position and conducting interviews.
The soon to be arbiter of the Circuit Court will be spending the weekend clearing out his old office and getting set up in his new digs at the courthouse.
He won’t be moving too far.