Current Assignment: Research and Appeals
Brent has been an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Eaton County since January 2006, and received his 10-year Prosecution Service Award from PAAM in February 2016. He is chair of the PAAM Appellate Forum, which provides professional networking for appellate specialists in prosecutor offices throughout the state.
He previously worked in the private practice of law in Charlotte (2004-2006), and worked as a Clerk with the Michigan Senate (1995-2004) while earning a law degree in the evenings.
Award: In July 2016, Brent and Prosecutor Doug Lloyd received one of three Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School's 31st Annual Distinguished Brief Awards. The Award recognizes the most scholarly briefs filed before the Michigan Supreme Court, as determined by a panel of appellate and trial judges. Eaton County's award honored its work on People v Ernesto Evaristo Uribe (MSCourt 151899, Eaton Co Circuit Court 13-020404-FC), a criminal sexual conduct case where appeals focused on the admissibility of "other act" testimony. The trial court ruled that this testimony was inadmissible. The Court of Appeals reversed (PDF), holding that the evidence was admissible. The Supreme Court denied full oral arguments and overturned the Court of Appeals published decision, but upheld the ruling that the testimony was admissible (PDF).