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The Honorable Edward Sosnick

An Evening of Tribute for the Honorable Edward Sosnick

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The 24th Annual Benefit of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Foundation paid tribute to the Honorable Edward Sosnick on Friday, November 14, 2008 at the Rock Showplace in Novi.

Judge Sosnick is a member of the Foundation’s Advisory Board and has served three six-year terms on the bench in Oakland County Circuit Court. He is Presiding Judge, Options, in the Oakland County Family-Focused Juvenile Drug Court. Judge Sosnick has a long history of commitment to the mental health needs of the community and has been an especially strong voice and advocate for family mental health. He is Co-Founder of SMILE (Start Making It Liveable for Everyone), a court-sponsored program for divorcing couples whose focus is to minimize the impact of divorce on children, and Co-Chair of SAVE (Serving Adults who are Vulnerable and Elderly). In addition to the Michigan Psychoanalytic Foundation’s Advisory Board, Judge Sosnick is on the Advisory Boards of Common Ground Sanctuary and Childhelp USA.

We are privileged to have this opportunity to recognize the Honorable Edward Sosnick. A caring and outgoing family man, he is personally invested in the outcomes of the challenges faced by the adolescents he adjudicates and their families, often involved in ongoing relationships with them.

Judge Sosnick enjoys reading and spending time with his family – his wife Darlene, step-daughters, Karen and Meredith, and three grandchildren. To his delight, his backyard looks like a daycare center and his mailbox is often filled with toy catalogs! He has two dogs, Scout and Gus, and Gus recently received his own award for being the cutest dog of more than 24 entries at the Troy Daze Festival.

Judge Sosnick has been continually praised for his dedication to disadvantaged youth, youth-at-risk, victims of domestic violence, and substance abuse prevention and rehabilitation. Of his many commendations, he has been honored by the Parents of Murdered Children and the Child Abuse and Neglect Council of Oakland County. Judge Sosnick was also a recipient of the Certificate of Appreciation Award for Outstanding Victim Advocacy from HAVEN, Oakland County's only domestic violence shelter.

Edward Sosnick graduated from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. Prior to his election to the bench of the Oakland County Circuit Court in 1989, Mr. Sosnick left private practice and became Senior Trial Attorney, Office of the Oakland County Prosecutor. Then, for two consecutive two-year terms, he was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court as Chief Judge of the Oakland Circuit Court. In addition, he served as Presiding Judge, Oakland County Circuit Court, Family Division from 1998-2000.

Professional recognition of Judge Sosnick by his peers is evident in his numerous honors and awards. To name a few, he was recipient of the State Bar of Michigan's Champion of Justice Award, Distinguished Public Servant Award of the Oakland County Bar Association, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Award for Meritorious Service to the Children of America, four-time honoree of the Michigan State Police for Professional Excellence, and five-time recipient of the Award of Appreciation, Family Law Section, State Bar of Michigan.