Your Next Judge of Wayne County 3rd Circuit Court
- JUDGE WANDA EVANS BIO
Judge Wanda Evans was born and raised in the City of Detroit. She Graduated from Cass Technical High School, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Michigan University, a Master of Social Work Degree from Wayne State University, and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Detroit Law School. In 1995, Wanda Evans became a member of the State Bar of Michigan and was licensed to practice in the Federal District Court. She worked for the Misdemeanor Defender’s Office of the 36th District Court representing indigent clients. Later, she started her own law firm and has practiced law for over seventeen years in the areas of Criminal, Family and Civil Law.
Wanda Evans knew early in her college years that she was committed to helping children and advocating for fairness and justice and thus was acting Vice President of Eastern Michigan University’s NAACP. In 1984, Ms. Evans began working as a Foster Care Worker for the Children’s Aids Society. She worked for the Community Case Management Agency as a Case Manager, placing mentally ill patients in adult foster care homes. She worked for ten years as a Probation Officer for Wayne County Juvenile Court where she served as a Stewart, Vice-President and acting President of AFSCME Local 1905 in 1992-1994.Judge Wanda also worked as a private therapist for children and families.
Judge Wanda Evans has been a member of the Criminal section of the State Bar of Michigan, Black Women Lawyer’s Association, Wayne County Trial Lawyers Association, Wayne County Black Caucus and the Michigan Democratic Party. She has had support from AFSCME, AFL-CIO, UAW, TEAMSTER just to name a few unions. Wanda Evans has an extensive background working with children, youth and families involved in the Juvenile Court system. Judge Evans, when practicing as an attorney, represented the mother who barricaded herself in her house during a twelve hour police stand off, refusing to give her daughter psychotropic drugs as ordered to by DHS. Attorney Wanda Evans promised to get her child back and she did! She also represented residents who have been thrown out of their homes illegally by the mortgage companies.
Judge Wanda Evans has worked with the youth ministry for many years coordinating youth ministry trips to out of state conferences and camps. Judge Wanda Evans has mentored many young people and has been a speaker at several youth & women’s conferences, Mental Health Conferences and Keynote Speaker for graduating social work and paralegal classes. Judge Wanda Evans often lends her time to supporting issues important to ordinary citizens, employees and the community. She conducts seminars on criminal record expungement, legal policy and its’ impact on the judicial and the Child Welfare system. Judge Wanda Evans was elected to the 36th District Court in 2012 where she currently serves with fairness, commitment and passion.