55th Judicial District Court
Committed to delivering justice in a professional, efficient and caring manner."
HONORABLE DONALD L. ALLEN JR., CHIEF JUDGE
The Honorable Donald L. Allen, Jr., was appointed judge of the 55th District Court by Governor Jennifer Granholm on December 22, 2008. He was elected to the bench in 2010 and re-elected in 2016. His current term will expire on December 31, 2022. Judge Allen was appointed chief judge of the court by the Michigan Supreme Court on January 1, 2016.
The Honorable Donald L. Allen, Jr., is a 1983 graduate of Wayne State University Law School and spent most of his professional career as an assistant attorney general in the Michigan Department of Attorney General. He served at the Department of Attorney General from February 1988 through September 2005. In September 2005, he was appointed deputy legal counsel to Governor Granholm. On June 5, 2006, Judge Allen was appointed by Governor Granholm to serve as director of the Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP). Judge Allen served in that position until his appointment to the 55th District Court Bench. Judge Allen is the presiding judge of Sobriety Court. Sobriety Court focuses on the rehabilitation of repeat offense substance abusers. Sobriety Court has changed hundreds of lives, saved tax dollars, and has been recognized for excellence.
Frederic Douglass - Social Reformer Award, Greater Lansing Area NBPW Club (2017)
Integrity in the Community Award, WMU Cooley Law School (2017)
Jean Chabut Health Policy Champion, Michigan Public Health (2016)
Distinguished Service Award, Community Mental Health Authority (2015)
Kevin D. Bibbs Citizenship Award, Turning Point (2013)
Citizen of the Year Award, Central Michigan Heritage Enterprise (2011)
Outstanding Barrister Award, Lansing Black Lawyer's Association, (2009)
Okemos-Ingham Families Against Narcotics, President and Co-Founder
Mason Prescription Drug Task Force, Co-Founder
American Bar Association Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs, Diversity Committee, past Chair
Michigan Bar Association, Fellow
Ingham County Bar Association, Fellow
Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program, Special Advisor
Mason Promise Scholarship, Board Member
Ingham Opioid Work Group
Communities for School, Board Member
Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity