A Heart as Big as the World Michelle MacDonald appeared before Judge Bruce Peterson in family court, with one particularly memorable case where her client gave birth to her former husband’s child after their divorce, and both had remarried. After months of litigation, following a court trial, Judge Peterson took parents, step parents, attorneys—and a custody study —into his chambers to ask about work schedules that everyone had omitted, and the case settled with a livable parenting time schedule. It was here, after thousands in legal fees, that Michelle recognized the value of desegregating Judges, attorneys, families —- and custody evaluators with a process of inquiry where everyone is heard. Judge Peterson graduated from Cornell University, and Yale Law School, worked for Hinshaw & Culberston, and Popham, Haik, and was assistant US. Attorney General, (district of Columbia) and Special Assistant to the deputy assistant Attorney General, US Department of Justice. He was a law clerk for the Minnesota Supreme Court, and has been a district court Judge in civil, criminal and family court since 1999. He is married with adult children.
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