Mary Chrzanowski

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Mary Chrzanowski
Court Information:
16th Circuit Court, Michigan
Active:   1993-2017
Past position:   Private practice lawyer, Assistant Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Wayne State University
Law School:   University of Detroit School of Law

Mary Chrzanowski is a judge for the 16th Circuit Court in Macomb County, Michigan. She was elected to this position in November of 1992 (taking office the following January 1st) and was re-elected in 1998, 2004 and 2010. Her current six-year term ends on January 1, 2017.[1][2][3]


Chrzanowski received her B.S. degree in criminal justice from Wayne State University in 1982 and her J.D. degree from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1985.[1]


Chrzanowski worked as a private practice lawyer from 1987 until becoming a judge. She is also a former Assistant Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney. In January of 1993, she joined the circuit court bench.[1]

2010 election

Main article: Michigan judicial elections, 2010

Chrzanowski was re-elected (along with Judge Richard Caretti) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[2]

In the news

"Scary Mary" featured on "Dateline"

Judge Chrzanowski was featured on an episode of NBC's "Dateline" on June 8, 2014, along with her nickname--"Scary Mary." The hour-long segment focused on Judge Chrzanowski's work in the drug court program. It followed three addicts through the program for almost a year, documenting their interactions with the judge. The show featured Chrzanowski's no-nonsense, tough-love approach to helping addicts get their lives back on track. The judge also explained that she had once struggled with alcoholism herself, though, at the time of the show, she had been sober for almost ten years.[4]

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