Judge James E. Sheridan James E. Sheridan attended the University of Michigan where he received his Bachelor's Degree and Master's Degree in Business Administration.He earned his Juris Doctorate in Law at U of M, where he graduated cum laude in 1969.Mr. Sheridan served as law clerk to the Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals before moving to Adrian in 1970, when he entered private practice and became Assistant City Attorney.In 1978 he was elected District Court Judge and has served in that capacity since January, 1979.Judge Sheridan
wife, Sharron, have been married for 41 years and have two adult children. Judge Sheridan has served on the boards of several charitable organizations and is active in public speaking, having done programs for over 100 church groups and other organizations.
The subjects of his
presentations include Bible studies on the parables of Christ, marriage enrichment retreats for couples, a dramatic monologue for Holy Week, and studies centered around the events of Christmas and Easter, together with issues of law, the criminal justice system and various historical events.He
is known for his
dynamic presentations and off the wall sense of humor. He has taught courses at Siena Heights University and Jackson Community College for over 30 years in the area of criminal justice.He
has also acted as a guest speaker at Adrian College
on the subject of human sexuality from a Biblical perspective and at Eastern Michigan University
on the subject of marriage and public policy. Judge Sheridan is a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Adrian.He has served as chair of the worship commission, head of the discipleship commission and congregational president.He
has taught adult Bible study on Sunday morning and a Wednesday evening Bible study since 1991.Before that he
taught both Sunday School and a teen Bible study.He led the Marriage Enrichment group at Hope for ten years.He has also served as chairman for a major stewardship drive, facilitator for Hope's building expansion committee, and group facilitator and major events coordinator for Hope's Forty Days of Purpose in 2005.
Three days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Judge Sheridan
presented a noon luncheon talk for Lenawee County employees on the issue of "How Can a Loving God Allow Evil in the World."He
has also presented community programs on "Can There Be a Purpose in Life Without God?"and "Why Should Anyone Believe the Bible?"
In 1996 Judge Sheridan
helped found the organization, Marriages That Work, to address the issue of divorce in Lenawee County, MI.That effort culminated in establishing a community marriage policy which was adopted by approximately sixty local churches.A secular version of the policy was also approved by all five county judges, the mayors of the four cities in the county and all the county magistrates.The adoption of this policy, especially its involvement of civil officials, attracted media attention from around the world.As a result he
has appeared on ABC evening news, CBS evening news, ABC Good Morning America, and the Oprah Winfrey Show, along with several local television news stories.
In 1998, Judge Sheridan
was asked to prepare and present materials on the Biblical View of Domestic Violence for the Lutheran Church
, Missouri Synod.This effort resulted in a video tape / DVD on the subject that has been available throughout the Synod ever since.He
has taught the principles of this program to counselors at training sessions in Missouri, Michigan, and, most recently, in Colorado, at the 2007 Smart Marriage Conference.
In May, 2001, he
joined with Grace Lutheran Church of Overland, KS
, to produce a video program on Sex & Romance in the Biblical Marriage, which is now available to the public.He
has also written a book, A Blessing For The Heart, God's Beautiful Plan for Marital Intimacy, on the subject of romance and sexuality in marriage from a Scriptural basis.A Blessing for the Heart was published in June, 2004, and is now available at Sounds of Light and Guided by Grace, books stores in Adrian, MI.It is also available on line at www.marriagedoneright.com.A Blessing for the Heart went through the doctrinal review process of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and was found to be in accordance with the Scriptures and Lutheran doctrine.A Blessing for the Heart will available through the Concordia Publishing House in late 2007. Judge Sheridan
helped organize the Lenawee County Domestic Violence Study and Advisory Committee
in July, 1991.He
has been an active participant, serving as the Committee's
Chairman since its inception.He
has also presented programs to church groups on the Biblical view of domestic violence.In 1997 this program was video taped by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod for national distribution.In his
capacity as member of the District Judges Association Legislative Committee he
has been active in recommending, and in some instances the drafting, of new legislation in Michigan involving domestic violence issues and marriage policy.He
has testified before both the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee and the Michigan House Committees
regarding proposed changes in Michigan law related to marriage and divorce. Judge Sheridan is also an active advocate of marriage education skills.He
has written a weekly article for the Daily Telegram entitled Marriage Matters since 2003.He
also teaches PREP®, a communication and conflict resolution skills program for church and community groups.He
has presented materials on marriage as a public policy issue both locally and for conferences in Georgia, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Ohio as well as Michigan.He has also served on advisory committees involving marriage issues in Lansing and Washington.He
has also presented lectures to medical groups on the issue of marriage as a health issue. Judge Sheridan
also has developed Bible studies, background materials, and application exercises to enable marriage counselors to more effectively use Biblical principles for counseling Christian couples.This material touches on such sensitive subjects as submission, obedience and forgiveness in marriage.
As a result of these efforts, Judge Sheridan
has presented programs on marriage and marriage policy throughout Michigan and across the United States.He
has also been a regular presenter at the national Smart Marriage Conference, for the past 10 years.His
seminar on Sex and Romance in the Biblical Marriage is regularly one of the best attended seminars at the conference.
Most recently Judge Sheridan
has begun an effort to try to have the courts in Michigan be more "marriage friendly."He has been in contact with Justices of the Michigan Supreme Court regarding a series of proposals to put this concept into effect. Judge Sheridan
was honored with the Lutheran Attorneys in Witness Award at Historic Trinity Lutheran in Detroit on May 7, 2006, which by coincidence was his
40th wedding anniversary.