Judge Mark W. Somers Judge Mark Somers has served as a judge of the 19th District Court in Dearborn since January 1, 2003, having been elected to three consecutive six-year terms (2002, 2008 and 2014). His tenure includes serving as the court’s Chief Judge for six of those years and Chief Pro Tem an additional six years.
He came to the bench well prepared following nearly 20 years of general practice, providing legal counsel and representation to clients in a broad range of civil and criminal matters in more than 40 state and federal courts and tribunals.
Judge Somers has been a member of the Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals since 2004 and throughout his time on the bench he has focused on court-supervised rehabilitation and treatment of offenders with substance use disorders and addiction issues. He presided over Dearborn’s drug treatment court for ten years and currently serves as a board member of the S.A.F.E. substance abuse coalition headquarted at H.Y.P.E. athletics in Dearborn Heights.
Judge Somers also has served as Treasurer, Secretary and Vice President of the Wayne County District Court Judges’ Association
The judge was born in St. Johns, Michigan, and spent his youth in both Michigan and in India where his parents served as missionaries in agricultural and educational programs. He is a graduate of James Madison College and the Honors College at Michigan State University where he was elected to membership in both the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. He has been married to his wife, Jennie, since 1978. They have two children and three grandchildren. The Somers have been active with Dearborn Outer Drive Kiwanis, Dearborn First United Methodist Church and the Dearborn Symphony