Victoria A. Radke, of Escanaba, has been sworn in as the chair of the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly for 2010-2011. The chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, Marilyn Kelly, officiated at the Sept. 30 ceremony, held during the SBM Annual Meeting at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.
The 150-member Representative Assembly (RA) is the final policy-making body of the State Bar. It was created in 1971 by the Michigan Supreme Court at the request of SBM's Board of Commissioners in order to increase geographical representation and member participation in SBM policy.
Ms. Radke was elected to the RA in 2002. She has served two three-year terms representing the 47th Circuit. She has also served two terms as president of the Delta County Bar Association.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Radke has contributed her time and energy to many SBM committees, including the Bar Leadership Forum, the Upper Michigan Legal Institute, and the Domestic Violence Committee. She is a member of the American Bar Association and a fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation.
Ms. Radke has been in private practice since 2005 and focuses on family law and criminal defense.
She graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1972 and received her law degree from the Detroit College of Law in 1987. She worked briefly for the City of Detroit before accepting a position as the staff attorney for the Delta County Friend of the Court in 1988, where she remained for 15 years before starting her own law practice.
Ms. Radke is also active in her local community, has been an involved Law Day volunteer, and served for seven years as attorney/coach for the local Youth in Government High School Mock Trial Team.