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Rudy Serra was appointed to the 36th District Court, the third busiest court in the U.S., by Governor Granholm, in 2004.    

During his term of service, the “clearance rate”- the number of cases completed within one year of filing -  rose from 65% to over 95%.  He routinely completed his own docket, and also completed the dockets of one or more other judges on the same day. He was always respectful, and worked to keep the time and cost for people to be in court to a minimum.  He made sure their cases were handled quickly and efficiently.  As an attorney, he observes these same values.

As a result of Rudy's dedication to the law, hard work and professional skill, he is frequently appointed as House Counsel (Public Defender) in the 36th District Court as well as the 43rd District Court in Hazel Park.  

As Judge, Serra was rated “outstanding” by The Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association.  As an attorney, he continues to enjoy the highest ratings from clients and other lawyers.


Rudy Serra has more than 30 years of highly successful experience in the practice of law.  He has earned multiple jury trial and bench trial victories and practices in court rooms all over Michigan. He is a nationally respected expert in the law.


Chairman Executive Clemency Advisory Council for The State of Michigan

Referee for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights

State Bar of Michigan Open Justice Commission

Nursing Specialty Task Force, Michigan Department of Licensing

The Correction Officer’s Training Advisory Council for The State of Michigan

Michigan Supreme Court Standard Criminal Jury Instructions Committee


Ferncare Free Medical Clinic, Vice Chairperson and volunteer.

Oakland County Commissioner

Ferndale School Board Member

Human Rights Commissioner, City of Detroit

Royal Oak Township Downtown Development Authority,Vice Chairperson and Chairperson

Ferndale Education Foundation, Chairman Charter Donor Drive

Habitat for Humanity for South Oakland County, Incorporator and Board Member


Rated “OUTSTANDING” by the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association. To be rated “outstanding” an individual “must stand at the top of their profession and rank among the best qualified judges or lawyers available for judicial Service.”

Michigan “Lawyer of the Year”, 2000

The Rev. Martin L. King, Jr., Freedom Award, 2001

Torch Bearer, 2002 Winter Olympic Torch Marathon

Affirmations Community Center Political Award 1998.


(Partial List)

 Civil Rights Annual Review, The Wayne State University Law Review (2005)

 Bag A Fag, the Triangle Foundation  

 The Journal of Psychology and Christianity (Christian Association for Psychological Studies)

 The Journal of Intergroup Relations (National Association of Human Rights Workers)

 Co-author, Chapter 2, Michigan Family Law, The Institute in Continuing Legal Education. University of Michigan



Rudy Serra attended Central Michigan University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in psychology and communication. He then earned a Master’s Degree with a major in  communication with a specialty in counseling.

 Rudy continued his studies at Wayne State University earning a Juris  Doctor in  Law with a specialty in legislative drafting.

After working full-time to elect Justice Marilyn Kelly to The Michigan Supreme Court, he moved to the City of Detroit in 1996.

He was an Officer-At-Large in the Michigan Democratic Party, an Alternate Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2000, Chairman of The Ferndale Area Democratic Club, and currently serves as a Democratic Precinct Delegate in Ferndale.  Following his service as District Judge, he came back to Ferndale and made his home here again in 2007.

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