Dawn Klida graduated with honors (summa cum laude) in 1990 with a B.A. in psychology. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree in 1994, graduating cum laude from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. In 1997, Dawn was a founding partner in the law firm of Skinner, Wilderboer & Klida. She was also a partner with Lambert, Leser, Isackson, Cook & Giunta, P.C. In 2010, she was appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to the 74th District Court where she is the presiding sobriety court judge. Dawn chairs the Len F. Klida Jr. Memorial Foundation, founded in honor of her late husband. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, serving on the Representative Assembly, and the Bay County Bar Association’s executive board. She is also a member of the Michigan District Judges Association and the American Judges Association. Dawn has served as a case evaluator for Bay County Circuit Court, as Bay County Commissioner (4th District), and on the Bangor Township School Board, as president, vice president
and secretary. Dawn enjoys spending time with her three daughters, Marcie, Amanda and Danielle, all of whom are SVSU graduates.