Gov. Jennifer Granholm has named Lansing District Judge Amy Krause to the Court of Appeals seat left open when Alton Thomas Davis was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court.
Davis earlier this month lost his bid for a full eight-year term on the Supreme Court. Granholm could have appointed the 63-year-old to fill his former position, but instead appointed the 48-year-old Krause of Lansing.
Krause holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame. She was an assistant attorney general with the state and teaches at Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing.
The Fourth District Court of Appeals covers the Upper Peninsula and most of the northern and central Lower Peninsula.
Her term expires at the end of 2012.