I served as a Judge of the Novi MI District Court for almost three decades working to improve the justice system. In recognition of that effort, I was honored by the Foundation for the Improvement of Justice with the Paul H. Chapman medal “for significant contributions to the American Criminal Justice System.” Receiving this award was one of the highest honors of my life. Additionally, my work has been recognized by the American Judges Association when it awarded me its highest award for educating the judiciary.
During my time on the bench, I served as the American Bar Association/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Judicial Fellow. This work took me all over the United States teaching and writing about traffic safety issues.
Near the end of my career, I was elected President of the American Judges Association. Now I am one of the co-founders of the Justice Speakers Institute. I have lectured throughout the world on a broad range of issues including procedural fairness, problem solving courts, domestic violence, impaired driving, drug testing, traffic safety and civil liability. Recently I attended a conference in Istanbul, Turkey on the new treaty between the European Union and Turkey involving Syrian refugees.
I have written extensively on justice issues. My latest publication was the American Judges Association’s white paper entitled “The Judge Is the Key Component: The Importance of Procedural Fairness in Drug-Treatment Courts.” I also co-edited the book Michigan Criminal Procedure. You can find a complete listing of my articles, presentations, blog postings and podcasts under the publications section on this website.
I am married to the love of my life Karen MacKenzie and we have three children -- Kate, David and Breanna. We also have three grandsons -- Daniel, Raymond and Henry. Maggie and Cooper, our rescue dogs, complete our family.
You have been a compassionate yet principled jurist whose integrity has been beyond reproach...you have made a difference in so many lives. I have personally seen your hand In the process that has allowed so many people to overcome addictions and self-destructive paths. You can look in the mirror and know that you have made a big difference not only in the community, but also in others.
In a world afflicted with fluctuating messages and uncommitted proclamations, Judge Brian Mackenzie brings a message of organized successful justice. When he speaks, he speaks with commitment, passion and knowledge. In my 20 years of teaching and counseling, no one exemplifies a strategy of helping people change more than Judge Mackenzie. The wealth of knowledge concerning specialty courts is especially riveting to listen to.
Brian Mackenzie is a though provoking and dynamic speaker. His knowledge of group dynamics and communications help lead team discussing into uncharted areas. This multi-faced approach and expertise gives Brian a remarkable impact on individuals and teams of professionals. His research into team cohesion provides a unique experience for the audience and the organization employing him.
As a Court Administrator and Past President of the National Association for Court Management (NACM), I have had several opportunities to observe the high quality presentation skills of the Hon. Brian MacKenzie. In large and small venues, including NACM, Michigan Court Managers, American Judges Association, and Michigan Association for Drug Court Professionals, I have witnessed compelling and interactive presentations on diverse topics. I have always appreciated Judge MacKenzie's practical and passionate approaches to improve court services and ensure access to justice for all.