Judge Gershwin Drain, a graduate of Detroit St. Gregory High School, was recently sworn in as a US District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. Judge Drain had previously served as a Wayne County Circuit Court Judge, since 1997, and prior to that as a judge in 36th District Court.
The Bishop Michael J. Gallagher Society is pleased that Judge Drain has agreed to be one of the keynote speakers at this year's Awards Dinner to be held on November 8, at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield. Registration information can be found here.
Judge Drain talked about his Catholic education at Detroit St. Gregory High School in a recent article which appeared in the Detroit Legal News.
“The city of my childhood had a lot of small Catholic schools,” Drain says. “Students like myself, because the schools were so small, had opportunities we might not have had at a large public school. I’m not a great athlete, but I did real well in the small environment of St. Gregory. We were Class C and that meant you could play all the sports … football, basketball, track. That led to additional opportunities. For example, I was able to get a football scholarship to Western Michigan University. That scholarship might not have come if I hadn’t been able to stand out in the smaller environment.”
He also found himself thrust into leadership roles in a school where everybody knew everybody.
“I was also president of my senior class. In a different environment with a bigger class, that might not have happened either.”
The citizens of Michigan are lucky to have Judge Drain on the Federal Bench. And the Bisop Gallagher Society looks forward to his appearance on November 8.
Judge Drain's 1966 St. Gregory graduation composite is shown below. My cousin John Butler appears in the 4th row.