“Judge Drain demonstrates a career-long dedication to helping people understand legal work,” Levin said Thursday. “Confirmation of Judge Drain would help relieve the judicial emergency in Michigan.”

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Levin said there is a large backlog of cases in Michigan, so many that it qualifies as a “judicial emergency.”

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