HOUGHTON - Pamela B. Dobbs moved to Houghton for the community and since being here she's filled a niche as an attorney at law. Now, she wants to serve the community further as Houghton County Prosecutor.
"I have the experience to do it, eight years as a prosecutor, three years as a defense attorney and a great deal of experience working with law enforcement officers," said Dobbs, who has been a licensed attorney for 27 years. "I have a lot of experience preparing for, and going to, trial."
Dobbs grew up in Chicago and graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology's Kent College of Law in Chicago before moving to New Mexico.
Pamela B. Dobbs stands in front of her Sharon Avenue office in Houghton. Dobbs is running for Houghton County Prosecutor in the upcoming election where she hopes her experience on the defense and prosecution of cases could be a major advantage in Houghton County.
"I got a lot of good experience out there, and after about eight years I realized that I really wanted to do courtroom work," Dobbs said. "It's more interesting because it's so fast and it changes every day. You'll never have the same case twice."
That excitement is why Dobbs wants to be the prosecutor.
"You can make a big impact as an attorney," she said. "I've been in other small towns, too, and I love it because I'm able to have a positive impact on the community while working very closely with law enforcement, medical providers and different courthouse staff."
The legal community has helped Dobbs get involved up to this point as she started her own firm, with an office off Sharon Avenue in Houghton. There, she's dealt with a variety of civil cases as well as court-appointed cases in Houghton and Keweenaw counties.
"I've taken court appointments in guardianship, mentalincompetency cases and court appointments in the department of human services with child abuse and child neglect," she said. "It's a good feeling for me to give back to the community that's providing so much for my children and husband in education."
Being new to the community will also be beneficial to the position she's running for.
"I'm not well-known in this community yet, which works in my favor because I can walk into a case and not know the defendant, not come in with a preconceived notion," said Dobbs. "If you can walk in with a clean slate, not having background information that will muddy the waters, you can look at the facts given and know how to pursue the case."
Dobbs also said her defense experience will give her an edge.
"As a prosecutor with a defense background I think it prepares me to be able to look at my cases as a prosecutor and know where the defense attorney is going to poke a hole in it, what's going to cause us a problem," she said. "I've seen and know both sides, which I think is a real strength."
Dobbs has two children, who both attend Houghton-Portage Township School District.
Her husband was a police officer for 10 years, but now works at Michigan Technological University where he's also studying.
"When my daughter turned 13, we decided it was time to move up here," Dobbs said. "My husband and kids moved up here first and I stayed back in New Mexico for nine months, until I could get closer to having the house sold, and then I moved up too."
It took Dobbs six months to get her license transferred to Michigan, and in January of 2009, she started her firm. She moved into her Sharon Avenue office in June of that year.
"If I don't win, I'll continue this practice. I enjoy this practice and I've met a lot of people in the community because of it," she said. "I've done all kinds of work; I do work with the courts and individuals, and I really enjoy it, but the prosecution is a different direction, and a direction I enjoy just as much, if not more."
Dobbs said she'll be campaigning door-to-door throughout July, until the Aug. 3 vote, and she invites people to call her at her office, 483-3770, to learn more about her and why she's running for office.
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