Judge Mark W. Somers


Judge Mark Somers was first elected to the 19th District Court bench with his victory in the November 2002 general election. 

Dearborn voters returned him to the bench for a second six-year term in 2008 and a third six-year term in the November 2014 election.  

He came to the bench well prepared following nearly 20 years of general practice.  During that span, Somers provided legal counsel and representation to clients in a broad range of civil and criminal matters in more than 40 state and federal courts and tribunals. 

Judge Somers has been a member of the Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals since 2004 and throughout his time on the bench he has focused on court-supervised rehabilitation and treatment of offenders with substance abuse and addiction issues. 

On January 1, 2006, he began a two-year term as Chief Judge of the 19th District Court by appointment of the Michigan Supreme Court, he was re-appointed to that position by the Supreme Court for the two-year term commencing January 1, 2008, and again for a third consecutive term beginning January 1, 2010. Judge Somers has been serving as Chief Judge Pro Tem since 2013.

Somers has served as Treasurer, Secretary and Vice President of the Wayne County District Court Judges’ Association.

Born in St. Johns, Michigan in 1958, Somers spent his youth in both Michigan and in India where his parents, Dr. George and Joyce Somers, served as missionaries in agricultural and educational programs.

Shortly after his graduation from an American international high school in India, Somers returned to Michigan to attend the renowned James Madison residential college on the campus of Michigan State University. He graduated with honors, including membership in both the Phi Beta Kappa and the Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.

Somers and his high school sweetheart, Jennie, have been married since 1978. They chose to make Dearborn their home in 1980, shortly after he was admitted to Wayne State University Law School.  They have two sons, both graduates of Dearborn High School, and two grandchildren.

The couple are active in the Dearborn First United Methodist Church, the Dearborn Symphony and the Dearborn Outer Drive Kiwanis Club where Mark served as club president for the 2006-2007 term. Jennie has worked for United Airlines in Dearborn since 1988.  She is a member of the Dearborn Garden Club and serves on the Board of Directors of the Dearborn Orchestral Society.