Bar News - September 17, 2010
Coos Judge Michalik to Head Local Nonprofit
Judge James E. Michalik on Sept. 3 retired from the state courts. He had held positions as District Court judge in Berlin and Colebrook and for the Family Division in Coos County. He left the courts to take over as executive director for the Family Resource Center in Gorham.
Judge Michalik has served as a District Court Judge since November, 1999 and as the first Presiding Judge of the Family Court in Coos County since April, 2006. "I have been honored to preside on Family and District Court matters in every corner of this state over the last 11 years and I will truly miss working with the many, many friends I have come to know in those courts. New Hampshire is blessed with some of the most dedicated court staff and security personnel any state could have, including the very excellent people who work in the courts here in Coos County. I look forward to continuing my connections with all of them in my new role as FRC Executive Director."
With a $1 million dollar annual budget and 50 full and part time employees, the Family Resource Center at Gorham has been providing multiple parenting and family support programs, nationally recognized After School programs for elementary and middle school children and various employee support programs to families throughout Coos County since 1999.
Judge Edwin W. Kelly, the Administrative Judge of the District and Family Courts commented that "Judge Michalik has been one of the most highly respected judges in our system for the past 11 years. He has demonstrated time and again his commitment to the children and families of Coos County."