Erane Washington is an attorney who has resided in Ypsilanti Township for the past 25 years.  She is a proud product of Ann Arbor public schools having graduated from Huron High School in 1985.  She received her bachelor’s degree from the prestigious James Madison Residential College at Michigan State University in 1989 and her law degree from one of the top ten Law Schools in the Country, the University of Michigan Law School in 1993.  

Erane has been in practice for 26 years.  Her proudest professional endeavors include being an Assistant Public Defender for the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s office for seven years and being personally recruited by Judge Donald E. Shelton of the Washtenaw County Circuit Court to serve as his Judicial Attorney.  In this capacity, she handled scheduling, research, opinion writing and some settlements. After working with Judge Shelton for six years, she left the court to begin her own law firm, and has been in private practice for the past twelve years.




Experienced, Passionate & Decisive


  • University of Michigan Law School Graduate

  • Michigan State University, James Madison College Graduate

  • Litigator for 20 of the 26 years of practice.

  • Circuit Court Judicial Attorney  for 6 years

  • Has practiced in every district and felony court in the county.

  • Commissioner for the State Bar of Michigan serving Washtenaw and Jackson County

  • Served as the Managing Partner in the conflict public defender's office for Washtenaw County

  • Certified Chairperson and Arbitrator for the Financial Regulatory Agency ("FINRA")


Erane has a proven track record of passion for this community through community service. Erane is the elected Commissioner for the State Bar of Michigan serving both Washtenaw and Jackson County.  In this role she serves on the ​​​​​​​Executive Committee, ​​​​​​​Finance Committee,​​​​​​​ Governance, Structure and Task Force Committee, as well as the ​​​​​​​Lawyer Referral Services Committee and ​​​​​​​Representative Assembly Body.

Erane has served on many boards and committees including:

  • Current Huron Valley Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors Member

  • Current ACLU Lawyers Committee Member for Washtenaw County

  • Current State Bar of Michigan Fellow

  • Member of the Michigan Historical Society

  • Member of the American University of Women- Ann Arbor Chapter

  • Past Chair of Washtenaw County Case Evaluation Committee

  • Immediate Past President of the NANBPWC, Inc-Ann Arbor Chapter 

  • Past co-chair of Washtenaw County Bar Association Judiciary Committee and Bias Awareness Committee

  • Past Treasurer of the Women Lawyer's Association of Michigan-Washtenaw Chapter.

  • Past American Red Cross Board of Directors Member

  • Past Huron Valley Girl Scouts of America Board of Directors Member

  • Past President and Current Board Member At Large of the Vanzetti Hamilton Bar Association.

  • Past President of the Washtenaw County Bar Association and current member of the Washtenaw County Bar Association

  • Previously appointed by the Governor to State Board of Canvassers, who then elected her to serve as their Chair.

  • Previously appointed by the Governor to the State Officers Compensation Committee.



Erane's humble beginnings taught her how to appreciate the small things in life and gave her a true appreciation for people and community.  She was born in Memphis, Tennessee. She spent her formative years in Darling, Mississippi under the care of her great grandmother and it was this lifestyle that shaped her values and taught her gratefulness.


She moved to Ann Arbor Michigan in 1979 with her parents when she was 11.5 years old and attended Bryant Elementary, Scarlett Middle School, and Huron High School.

She graduated from Huron High School in 1985 and immediately enrolled at Michigan State University.


As a first generation college graduate, she wanted to give back to the community and she thought law could provide that venue.  Coming back home to pursue her law degree, she attended and graduated from the University of Michigan Law School.


Erane  is the recipient of the: 

  • NANBPWC Professionalism Award

  • Vanzetti Hamilton Bar Association’s Frederick Douglass Award 

  • NAACP Ypsilanti-Willowrun's Mary Church Terrell Award.

  • Kappa Alpha Psi Woman of Achievement Award 2019


Erane considers herself a lifelong resident of Washtenaw County and has called Ypsilanti Township her home for the past 25 years.  She and her husband, Anthony, and their dog Piper live on the west side of the Township.


They raised their sons right here in Ypsilanti Township, both attended Lincoln School District and are both now adults.  She is proud to call Ypsilanti Township her home.


Erane's passion for the community, for the people and for justice has shown in her commitment to the many organizations listed above , but her compassion is truly exemplified through the work at Habitat for Humanity. The work done by this organization truly makes a difference in Washtenaw County's communities, but especially in Ypsilanti Township. 



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General Election: November 3, 2020
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