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Based in Wayne County, Michigan, Judge Richard B. Halloran has actively sought to find solutions to domestic violence. As a Judge for Michigan’s Third Circuit Court assigned to the Family Division, he hears child custody, support, and divorce cases, as well as domestic relations. Judge Richard B. Halloran helped to institute domestic violence and stalking as crimes in Michigan, and he played an instrumental role in the legal establishment of Personal Protection Orders (PPOs). More recently, Judge Halloran was awarded a federal grant creating a Solution Oriented Domestic Violence Prevention Court in the Wayne County Circuit. He has adjudicated approximately 80,000 PPOs, more than any other judge in Michigan.Outside of his local efforts, Judge Richard B. Halloran participates in a number of national groups. A member of the American Judges Association, he also belongs to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. For the latter organization, he has contributed as a member of a number of committees, including those focused on the Indian Child Welfare Act, domestic violence, and child custody and support. Before becoming a judge, Richard B. Halloran worked in a variety of other positions. He spent time in private practice and in business as the Vice President of Marketing for several companies. He began his career in the military as a Civilian Attorney Advisor to the U.S. Army Tank Command and later with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.Judge Halloran earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit School of Law, where he participated in the institution’s clinic program. Previously, he completed a Bachelor’s degree at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. As an undergraduate, he studied philosophy, religion, and psychology and held leadership roles in multiple student groups.A charitable individual, Halloran believes in giving back to the community. He supports the Interfaith Alliance and the Father Clement H. Kern Foundation. He also participates in a men’s choral society and collects postage stamps.

Work experience

Mar 1998Present

Circuit Court Judge

Third Circuit Court, Wayne County


Sep 1971Jun 1975


University of Detroit, School of Law
Sep 1965Jun 1970


Canisius College