55th Judicial District Court

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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.


Awards/Recognitions:

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)


Professional/Community Service:

  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