2012 Distinguished Alumna

2012 Mercy High School Distinguished Alumna

The Honorable Diane Dickow D’Agostini ’80
Chief Judge, 48th District Court Oakland County, Michigan

Photo by Robert Chase, courtesy of Detroit Legal News Publishing LLC

Judge Diane Dickow D’Agostini has devoted her career to serving and protecting the community. She is a former assistant prosecutor and has served for 11 years on the 48th District Court of Oakland County, Michigan. In 2006, she was appointed Chief Judge by the Michigan Supreme Court and was recently reappointed to that position. In November Judge D’Agostini was awarded the Domestic Violence Prevention Award by the Oakland County Coordinating Council Against Domestic Violence.

Judge D’Agostini finds great reward in teaching youth about the law and its consequences. She formed a program called "Order in the Court” wherein fourth-graders learn about the legal system by staging a mock trial in her courtroom. She holds court sessions at local schools so students can see the direct ramifications of drug and alcohol use. The cable show she hosts and produces, “Our Kids with Judge Diane D’Agostini,” highlights charitable works performed by area children and teens. Additionally, she serves on the Board of the Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition, which works to keep youth safe and substance-free.

Marisa Abbo ’80 says, “Diane has embodied the mission of Mercy as a woman who indeed is making a difference. She is committed to making sure the work she has been elected to do is of consequence and value to her community. She is especially devoted to educating children about the legal system.”

Judge D’Agostini has great respect for the Mercy tradition and values of Justice, Service, Mercy, Human Dignity and Option for the Poor. “When I walked the halls of Mercy, I felt encouraged to discover my talents and gain the confidence to use them. I loved being a Mercy girl, which is why I am so proud that my daughter, Gabriella, currently walks the halls of Mercy and has already become a young lady who is making a difference.”