Houghton attorney Nicholas J. Daavettila has been appointed to serve as judge in the 97th District Court. Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office announced the assignment on Tuesday.
Daavettila is a private practice attorney whose practice includes criminal law, child protective, family law, and probate estate cases. He is also the director and secretary of Tri-County Public Defenders, a non-profit organization that provides counsel for indigent defendants in Houghton, Baraga and Keweenaw Counties.
Daavettila earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Michigan Technological University and a Juris Doctor degree from Marquette University Law School.
“I am humbled and honored to have been chosen by Governor Whitmer to serve the citizens of Houghton County as district court judge,” Daavettila said, in a press release issued by the govern’s office. “I am committed to faithfully upholding the duties of judicial office fairly and impartially and look forward to the challenges ahead.”
Daavettila will fill out the unexpired term of Judge Mark A. Wisti, who has resigned. The term will expire at the end of this year, at which time a new, six-year term will be filled by the winner of the November election.