Hon. Amy Ronayne Krause

  • Elected by Court of Appeals Judges
  • Member since October 2021
  • Current term expires December 31, 2024

  • Judge Amy Ronayne Krause was appointed to the Court of Appeals in November of 2010. Previously, she served as a judge on the 54A District Court in Lansing for nearly eight years, at which time she initiated a domestic violence treatment court with great success at reducing repeat offenders and changing behavior of domestic violence offenders. Judge Ronayne Krause received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and her Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School.

    Judge Ronayne Krause began her legal career as a litigation attorney for a private law firm and then served eight years as an assistant prosecuting attorney, including 4 years supervising a sex crimes prosecution unit. In 1997, she was appointed an Assistant Attorney General by then Attorney General Frank J. Kelley and was the first recipient of the Frank J. Kelley Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. Judge Ronayne Krause worked for the Attorney General’s office for more than six years. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Ronayne Krause was elected to serve on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners, during which time she chaired the Law and Courts committee. She was an adjunct professor for the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School and has lectured for the Prosecuting Attorney Association of Michigan (PAAM) and the Criminal Defense Attorneys Association of Michigan (CDAM). She has also taught for the Michigan Judicial Institute, including teaching other district judges at the New Judges Seminar. Judge Ronayne Krause has also served as faculty for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, training other judges on a national level regarding best practices in handling domestic violence cases.

    Judge Ronayne Krause is also a member and Chairperson of the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, as well as being the chairperson of a statewide effort to effectively investigate sexual assault cases for the State of Michigan. She also serves on the Judicial Tenure Commission. Judge Ronayne Krause volunteers to judge mock trial competitions, moot court competitions and to guest lecture for law schools, including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Judge Ronayne Krause is a member of the Appellate Practice, Criminal Law, Family Law and Negligence Law sections of the State Bar. She is also a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan and the National Association of Women Judges.

    In September 2007, Judge Ronayne Krause was recognized statewide for her outstanding work in domestic violence prevention and community service with the State Bar of Michigan’s Champion of Justice Award. In 2012, she was also awarded the Distinguished Barrister Award from the Davis-Dunnings Bar Association and in 2010, the Community Service Award from the Greater Lansing Area Chapter of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. (GLAC-NANBPW). She has previously served her community as a board member with the Lansing Educational Advancement Foundation (LEAF) and the Uplift Our Youth Foundation. Currently, she serves on the American Red Cross Bio-Tech Sub-Committee for the Mid-Michigan Chapter and the Williamston Theatre Board of Directors. Judge Ronayne Krause was appointed in 2011 by the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader to the State Drug Treatment Court Advisory Committee and in 2013 became chair of the committee and continues in that position presently.