About Terry Bankert

1994 - Present Attorney - Private Practice. Terry R. Bankert P.C. P49048 Specializing in Family Law and Bankruptcy Law ONLY!

1987 - 1994 Ombudsman - Flint, Michigan. This office issues Public Evaluations of Municipal Service delivery critical of City Programs & Services and Personnel Conduct. Investigations include: Police Brutality complaints, General Citizen complaints concerning delivery of the various City Services as well as the conduct of Elected Officials. The reporting is combined with extensive Mediation and problem solving. Results, as well as the complaints are made available to the General Public. The Ombudsman serves on the Standards of Conduct Board and is responsible for raising Ethical issues and advising City Employees as to possible Conflicts of Interest. City of Flint 1101 S. Saginaw St. Flint MI 48502.

1983 - 1987 City Clerk - Flint, Michigan. Clerk to the City Council. The Clerk manages all Municipal and School Elections, Voter Registration and Business Licensing, City Records and Proceedings of Committees and full City Council meetings. Managed a regular Staff of 12 in the Clerk’s Office and 500 Election Workers at Election Precincts. City of Flint 1101 S. Saginaw St. Flint MI 48502.

1982 - 1983 Division Director - United Way of Genesee & Lapeer Counties. Responsible for various divisions of the United Way fund raising efforts in the annual campaign. United Way 202 E. Boulevard Dr., Flint, MI.

1975 - 1982 Executive Director - Genesee County Democratic Party


Family Law Certificate 2010 - Mi Institute of Continuing Legal Education

Family Law Certificate 2008 - 2010 MI ICLE 150 + Credits in Family Law Issues

Genesee County 7th Circuit Court Certified Mediator 2009

Mediation and Collaborative Law Training Divorce without Public Litigation 2007

CDAM Criminal Defense Attorneys of MI, Member since 1999

Michigan State Bar Admission P49048, 1993

University of Michigan - Flint, B.A. Urban Studies, 1982

Thomas Cooley Law School J.D., 1992

University of Michigan - Flint, M.P.A. Masters in Public Administration , 2005

C.M.C.. Certified Municipal Clerk 1982

State Bar of Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1993-Present


2006 Great Schools Initative Member

2006 Great Schools Initative Report Co-Author

1996 Genesee County Parks Chairperson Millage Campaign

1987 United Way Governmental Unit Annual Campaign-Chairperson

1986 - 1987 United Way Allocation Panels Member

1986 - 1987 Whaley Children’s Center Policy Committee

1985 - 1987 City of Flint Downtown Development Authority Member

1985 - 1987 City of Flint Comcast Cable Advisory Committee Member

1984 - 1985 United Way City of Flint Campaign Chairperson and Annual Campaign Cabinet Member

1982 - 1986 Genesee, Lapeer, and Shiawassee Health Systems Agency Treasurer

1980 Flint Board of Education Task Force on Community Organization - Committee on the Phase One Plan for Quality Education Member

1976 -78 East Village Recycling Project Coordinator

1976 Walker Community School Council Alternate Member

1976 - 1983 Flint Neighborhood Improvement and Preservation Project ( NIPP) VP & Board Member

1976 City of Flint Standing Committee City Wide Housing Rehabilitation Project

1976 City of Flint City Wide Advisory Committee Alternate

1976 - Present East Village Magazine Volunteer Distributor, Legal Advisor, and Writer

1974 City of Flint Charter Revision Board Speaker


2001 - Present Divorce Workshops - Flint Public Library, Flint MI

1998 - Present Co-Founder and Consultant "Unity for Parents and Children", a Support and Educational Organization for Parents/Grandparents in Child Protection Proceedings

1997 Genesee County Drain Commissioner Election - Campaign Manager

1995 Mott Community College Millage - “Get Out the Vote” Voter Education Director       

1992 Freedom of Information Workshops - University of Michigan - Flint, MI

1992 State of MI Statewide "Get Out the Vote" Campaign Consultant

1992 - Present - "How to Run a Political Campaign" Author of Manual - Workshop Facilitator 

1975 - Present Consultant: Various Political and Issue Campaigns


- Flint Rotary - Optimist - Kiwanis - American Society of Public Administration - 
- Michigan Municipal Clerks Association -
- International Assoc. for the Civilian Oversight of Police -
- Railroad Brotherhood  Teamsters -
 - United Auto Workers -  Nominating Committee of Planned Parenthood -
- American Ombudsman Association - Genesee County Board of Election Canvassers -


- State Bar of Michigan - Family and Bankruptcy Sections -
- Genesse County Bar Association - Family and Bankruptcy Sections -
 - Mediator Association Certification January 2008 -
- Institute of Continuing Education- Partner -
- National Public Radio-Partner -


Federalist Society at the Detroit College of Law Debated the “Yes” Position at Michigan State Campus September 8, 1999. Opponent Professor Bitinsky.  Topic: “Should Parents be Allowed to Physically Discipline their Children?”

State Bar of Michigan September 25 1991. Panel Member "Police Officers and the Use of Force."                                

International Association Civilian Oversight of Police September 30, 1991 "Programming -Justifying Your Existence."

National League of Cities December 1988. Panel Member "For Crying Out Loud: Clinching the Complaint System."

International Inst. of Municipal Clerks "Guaranteeing Government Accountability"
February 1988

1971-1976 United States Army Reserve Drill Instructor E6, Honorable Discharge April 1976.