By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer
FLINT, Mich. – Attorney Tabitha Marsh is among the sisterhood of women who overcame early setbacks in life only to go on and accomplish great things both personally and professionally. Now, at 39-years-old, Marsh is poised to ascend to even higher heights. When the official list of candidates vying to fill three vacancies on the 7th Judicial Circuit Court is announced this spring, she will be among them. If successful, she will make history as the first African American female elected to the 7th Circuit Court serving Genesee County. Marsh, who specializes in family and criminal law, has received an early endorsement from Ret. Judge Archie Hayman who stepped down from the bench in December 2017 after serving 23 years on 7th Circuit Court. Like Hayman, Marsh said she has an overwhelming desire to serve the residents of Genesee County.
“I would like to see residents more informed about the judges serving them. I would like to see the judiciary more involved in the community. Yes, there needs to be a distinction, but we are still servants of our community, so I would like the community to understand that we are here to serve you. I would like to see more of a bridge between the legal community and the local community. That’s how we help with recidivism,” she said.
Attorney Marsh said she believes her professional work coupled with her life experience as a teen mom have prepared her for the role of judge.
“Going into my senior year of high school, at the age of 16, I made an adult decision, that I should not have made, and it brought about adult consequences,” she explained.
Marsh went on to graduate high school at the top of her class and was selected to give her high school commencement speech. She received an Associates degree from Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan, and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She then pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and graduated Cum Laude. She received several scholarships, served as the elected Student Government Representative for her class, and was the Black Celebratory Commencement Student Speaker for her class.
“One of the things that I truly believe is that if people knew that they have other options, they would make better choices. There is another way. Yes, I had a child, but I can still graduate. I can still go to college,” she said.
“I would like to see positive role models to be really raised and lifted up in our community so that younger people can see that there is another way. Young people need to see that there are other choices that they can make.”
Marsh explained that she lists her personal and life experiences on her website so that the community will know she understands the challenges of everyday life.
“I don’t take it lightly with what God has blessed me with. This is not about me. It’s about the people God has called me to serve. This has everything to do with the residents of Genesee County and the people who have had experiences to which I can relate,” she said.
“My favorite scripture is Romans 8:28. No matter the mistakes we make in our lives, God sees the end from the beginning. He sees every trap that the enemy tries to set, and He takes all that in consideration when he creates the plan for our life,” said Marsh.
“I was 17-years-old when I named my son Ezekiel Daniel, which means God strengthens and God is my judge. At that time, I had no idea that I would become an attorney. My youngest child’s name is Justice. If God is not working it all together, how do those things line up. Those kinds of things amaze me.”
The primary election is August 28. Visit www.marsh4judge.com to read more about Attorney Tabitha Marsh.