NEW LEADERSHIP DELIVERING RESULTS FOR OUR COMMUNITY
Juanita, raised in Texas and Michigan, graduated from West Ottawa High School in 1993 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Grand Valley State University in International Relations in 1997. Immediately following her graduation from GVSU, she obtained employment as a legal assistant at Hann Persinger PC, where she continued to work during her studies at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Upon obtaining her Juris Doctorate Degree in 2008, Juanita became a law clerk and later an associate attorney at Rhoades McKee in Grand Rapids. For many years, Juanita has committed to giving back to her community by serving on numerous boards including an appointment to the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan by Governor Snyder, the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland area, Holland Hospital Board of Directors, Ready for School, Chemical Bank Community Advisory Board, Women Who Care, Holland Symphony Orchestra, founding member of the Lakeshore Latinas, Movement West Michigan, Ottawa County Truancy Collaborative, and many others.
On Dec 4, 2019, Juanita F. Bocanegra announced her candidacy in the 2020 election for the 58th District Court Judge. She is seeking to fill the seat that will be left open by Judge Susan A. Jonas, who is retiring at the end of her current term.
Since March 2011, Juanita F. Bocanegra has served as an Assistant Prosecutor in Ottawa County and has vigilantly sought and obtained convictions in all types of cases ranging from misdemeanors to felonies, including armed robbery and homicide.
“My balanced experience as an attorney in civil litigation, business law, family law, and criminal prosecution allows me to bring the temperament and attributes necessary to serve the public from the 58 th District Court bench. I am fair, forthright, honest and courteous with everyone I work with, from the public to the bar association and law enforcement officers, to the judges and supporting members. I will listen to all the facts in cases that may be presented in front of me and apply the law to render impartial and unbiased decisions for all concerned parties.”