Judge Richard B. Halloran
Honorable Richard B. Halloran Jr. was appointed to the bench by Governor John Engler in 1998 and currently serves in the Family Division. Prior to that, he served seven years as a magistrate and judge for the 36th District Court. A strong proponent of the laws creating personal protection orders (PPOs), Judge Halloran testified before the Michigan Legislature encouraging the enactment of criminal laws establishing the crimes of domestic violence and stalking. A former co-chairperson of the Wayne County Coordinating Council to Prevent Domestic Violence, he also served as a member of the Governor's Task Force to develop uniform standards for batterer's intervention programs throughout the State and as a member of the Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board. From 1998 to 2002, Judge Halloran managed the PPO docket of the Third Circuit Court, issuing approximately 1,500 PPOs per month and overseeing over 70,000 PPOs during that time. In 2003, he founded M.A.R.K. (Men Acting Responsibly is the Key), an organization to encourage men to help stop family violence. In 2012, Judge Halloran was elected to the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section Council. He is a member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, sitting on the Domestic Violence Committee. He has served as an instructor for the Michigan Judicial Institute and the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan and conducted training for numerous law enforcement agencies throughout Wayne County.