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A staff member with the Michigan Attorney General's Office has been named to fill a vacancy on the state Court of Appeals.

Anica Letica will replace longtime Judge Michael Talbot, who resigned from his seat on the court's First District, which covers Wayne, Branch, Hillsdale, Kalamazoo, Lenawee, Monroe and St. Joseph counties.

Letica must seek election in 2020 for a six-year term on the bench.

“Anica Letica is a tireless worker who loves the law and has been recognized by her peers and appellate judges as one of the top appellate lawyers in Michigan,” Gov. Rick Snyder said in a press release. “Her experience and knowledge will benefit Michiganders greatly, and I look forward to seeing that in the years to come.”

Letica has worked for the attorney general's office since 2009  and handles appellate matters for the office's criminal division and for local prosecutors across Michigan. She also has worked in the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office and started her career as a law clerk at the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Letica is a member of the State Bar’s Appellate Practice and Criminal Law Sections and several legal and professional organizations, including the National District Attorneys Association and the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, where she serves on the Appellate Prosecutors Committee. She has been recognized for her work on cold-case sexual assaults. 

A 1982 graduate of the University of Michigan, Letica received her law degree from Wayne State University three years later. 

bwilliams@detroitnews.com

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