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Former Judge.  Former County Commissioner. Member of State Bar of Michigan Standard Criminal Jury Instructions Committee.  Chairman - Executive Clemency Advisory Council for The State of Michigan.  Experienced and successful trial lawyer with broad background in many areas of practice.  Author, teacher, litigator, advocate. My experience includes serving as Guardian Ad Litem for dozens of disabled minors.  I have a license to practice Social Work as well as law and post-graduate training in dispute resolution.  Also experience as a Mediator.


Languages spoken: American Sign Language

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 27%
    31 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Litigation: 26%
    31 years, 2 thousand cases
  3. Family: 23%
    31 years, 700 cases
  4. Civil Rights: 20%
    31 years, 75 cases



Hourly ($175-185/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Rudolph A. Serra, Attorney

1705 Wordsworth
Ferndale, MI, 48220

877 E Dallas Ave
Madison Heights, MI, 48071



MIActive And In Good Standing198311/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Olympic Torch Bearer - 2002 Winter Olympic MarathonU.S. Olympic Committee2002
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Freedom AwardMichigan Democratic Party2001
Michigan Lawyer of the YearMichigan Lawyer's Weekly2000
Pro Bobo Honor RollState Bar of Michigan2000
Spirit of DetroitCity of Detroit - City Council1992
Distinguished Service AwardMichigan Court of Appeals1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Judge36th District Court2004 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Michigan Association For Justicemember2008 - 2009
Association of Black Judges of MichiganMember2004 - 2007
Michigan District Judges AssociationMember2004 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Durhal v EnglerSuccessful settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Chapter 3, Michigan Family Law“Nontraditional and Nonmarriage Relationships,”2009
The Wayne State Law Review“Civil Rights: Rights Without Remedies — Wrongs Un-righted,”2004
Journal of Psychology and ChristianityGay People, Professional Standards and Christian Ethics2001
The Journal of Intergroup Relations: The National Association of Human Rights WorkersInclusion and Credibility: The Basics of Sexual Orientation2000
Bag A Fag: Police Misconduct, Entrapment and Crimes Against Gay Men in Michigan (Report to the U.S. Dept. of Justice),Bag A Fag1999
The Journal of Law In SocietyComment: Michigan’s Law of Gross Indecency1999
Chapter 5 in The Rights of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender People in Michigan: Law and TheoriesMichigan’s New Law of Sodomy and Gross Indecency”1999
Michigan Bar JournalSexual Orientation and Michigan Law1997
Court Call (Quarterly Newsletter of The American Society of Trial Consultants).Agency Law and Trial Consultants1989
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Central Michigan UniversityCommunicationMA - Masters1977
Central Michigan UniversityDouble major: Psychology and SpeechB.S. with Honors1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Rapid Fire SeminarCivil rights verdict for Individual Husband and Wife Wrongfully Detained2000