Judge Kellen A. Dotson

Kellen Dotson has previously served as an attorney in the Kent County Office of the Public Defender, an adjunct professor at Western Michigan University Thomas M Cooley Law School, a trial skills trainer for the Michigan Indigent Defense Trial Skills Training Program, and a mediator with the Kent County Friend of the Court.

Following the murder of George Floyd, Mr. Dotson undertook the role of managing attorney with the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office in Minneapolis for a two-year period before returning to Grand Rapids to serve the 61st District.


Mr. Dotson earned his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and his Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.