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Attorney Appointed Judge Advocate

posted on December 20, 2017 by Willingham & Cote

Willingham & Cotè P.C., is pleased to announce that Kimberlee Hillock has been appointed Judge Advocate for American Legion, Department of Michigan.


What Is a Judge Advocate?

The primary duty of the Judge Advocate is to advise the Post, Post Officers and Executive Board on all legal matters, including the construction and interpretation of the Legion constitution and bylaws, to ensure the proper conduct of post business, and to procure proper counsel on behalf of the Department. The Judge Advocate is to preside over all trials, with the power and authority to pass upon the materiality and relevancy of all evidence as well as the power to prescribe the rules and procedures of the trial. The Judge Advocate also serves as the Chairman of the Legal and By-Laws Committees and is tasked with the duty of auditing all financial accounts.

As America’s largest wartime veterans’ organization, the American Legion is committed to mentoring and sponsorship of wholesome programs in the community, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

Kim is the Chair of the Appellate Work practice area at Willingham & Coté, P.C., as well as the Chair of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel’s Amicus Committee and a member of the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society Advocates Guild.  

Military Background

Ms. Hillock is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and she served during Operation Desert Storm. She is a member of the American Legion and the Marine Corps League.  She currently volunteers as a Veteran Mentor in the Ingham County Veterans’ Treatment Court.





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