Voting Rights & Equality

Join Transitions Legal for our monthly Take Action: Lunch and Learn
A special presentation about voting rights and equality by
the Honorable Fred M. Mester
November 16, 2017 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
at the Law Offices of Alisa Peskin-Shepherd
280. N. Old Woodward Avenue, Suite LL20 | Birmingham, MI 48009 

Throughout a legal career that spans five decades, retired Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Fred Mester has embodied the Churchillian belief that “You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.” A veteran of the U.S. Army, where he attained the rank of captain, Mester previously served as a court administrator for the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Michigan (1975-82), which followed assignments as chief of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit and as an attorney with Chrysler Corp. His impact also has been felt in the field of volunteerism, where he serves as president of the Pontiac Alumni Foundation, an organization dedicated to mentoring youth in the community. 

Mester, a past president of the Detroit chapter of the Federal Bar Association, formerly served as president of the Central Michigan University Alumni Association, the Reading to Reduce Recidivism program, and the William Booth Legal Aid Clinic. In 2006, Mester was honored by the State Bar of Michigan with the Champion of Justice Award. He also has been the recipient of the CMU Centennial Award, the 2006 Women’s Bar Association Award, and the Earl W. Kinter Award for outstanding leadership and service to the FBA.

In 2017, Mester was named development director of Life Directions, a Detroit-based nonprofit that provides peer motivation and mentoring to at-risk youth. The newly-created position was established recently as part of the organization’s strategic growth plan. As development director, Mester will lead Life Directions’ fundraising efforts and head a group of board members who are focused on raising the awareness of Life Directions on the part of corporate donors, as well as achieving the organization’s fundraising objectives for 2017.
Mester, a 1959 graduate of Central Michigan University, currently serves as ombudsman for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and is in private practice in Birmingham where he specializes in arbitration, facilitation, mediation, and consultation services.