The Honorable Cynthia Meagher Arvant was appointed to the 46th District Court in July 2015 to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Chief Judge William Richards. She was elected to a six-year term in November 2016.
Judge Arvant worked at the 46th District Court for years before becoming one of its Judges. She was initially hired in 2009 by Judges Shelia Johnson, Susan Moiseev, and William Richards to serve as their Research Attorney, and those Judges promoted her to serve as Magistrate in 2010. In 2012, Judge Arvant was promoted to Court Administrator in charge of all operations, budget, staffing, and case management for the Court. She served in the dual roles of Court Administrator and Magistrate until her appointment to the bench in July 2015.
Judge Arvant’s legal experience began in 1995 in Southfield as an Associate Attorney with the Mooney & Condino, P.C., where she represented many local families and businesses. Judge Arvant pursued a path of public service when then-Attorney General Jennifer Granholm appointed her to serve as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan in 2000, and later as a Special Assistant Attorney General protecting the interests of at-risk children in the court system.
Judge Arvant has been active in service to her community for many years, serving as a volunteer for the Women’s Survival Center and clerking for Michigan Legal Services. She was also a Board Member and the Legislative Liaison for the Beverly Elementary PTA and Chairperson of the Beverly Hills Parks & Recreation Board. Judge Arvant is a member of the National Association of Women Judges, the Michigan District Judges Association, the Association of Black Judges of Michigan, the Oakland County District Judges Association, the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan/Oakland Women’s Bar Association, the Wolverine Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Taskforce.
In 2016, Judge Arvant was awarded the Joan Young Judicial Excellence Award from the Women’s Bar Association, recognizing her commitment to securing the rights of women in society, promoting equality and social justice for all, and demonstrating the highest caliber of judicial integrity.
Judge Arvant earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science from Michigan State University in 1992, and her Juris Doctorate from the Michigan State University College of Law (formerly Detroit College of Law) in 1995. Judge Arvant and her husband, Peter, are longtime local residents and have two children.
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