Ms. Church attended George Washington University and Antioch School of Law. Her legal career in the Upper Peninsula began in 1991 when she founded Advice and Legal Services, PC. In 1994 Ms. Church accepted a position as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office where she was involved in prosecution of juvenile, abuse/neglect and criminal cases as well as issues involving family support.
In 2008, Ms. Church left prosecution and founded Access Justice Now, a non-profit dedicated to providing service, solace, legal representation and education to and for victims of bullying. During her private practice and public service, Ms. Church has consulted on a variety of issues involving the criminal justice system and bullying.
In response to the poor economic conditions blanketing Upper Peninsula residents, families and business, in 2010 Ms. Church, along with her law partner, Cara Korhonen, created the law firm of Church and Korhonen, PC, a firm dedicated to helping individuals with debt and disability issues. Church & Korhonen also represents a number of Labor Unions.
Ms. Church has taught extensively. Her audiences included judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement officials, most members of the criminal justice system, university students, high school students and lay individuals in the area of the domestic violence nature, prevalence and criminal justice response. She is a certified domestic violence trainer for the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Commission, teaching local law enforcement officers and cadets at the Northern Michigan University Police Academy.
Ms. Church believes it takes hard work, knowledge and collaboration to successfully address the needs of her community. She works daily to make Marquette County a healthier, happier and better place for everyone, young and old alike. If you would like to speak to Ms. Church she may be reached at her office, 906.226.0001 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Korhonen attended Northern Michigan University and Michigan State University, Detroit College of Law. She began her legal career in Ishpeming, Michigan as an associate with Burcham Law Office. Previously, Ms. Korhonen clerked for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Court in Baraga Michigan and the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Northern Division in Marquette, MI.Ms. Korhonen focuses her practice on Labor Union representation, representing Unions throughout the Upper Peninsula in both the private and public sectors. She also represents clients in Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcies and abuse/neglect and personal protection matters.
Ms. Korhonen authored “Adoption under the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978: History, Purpose and Problems.” Sovereignty Symposium 2000 and co-authored “Personal Protection Orders in Michigan: Enforcement” in the Michigan Family Law Journal, Volume 39, Number 8, October 2009.
Ms. Korhonen resides in Marquette with her two sons.