Hon. Michael P. Pollard

Hon. Michael P. Pollard worked in private practice, as a prosecutor, and as public defender for more than 20 years before becoming a Tucson City Court magistrate in December 1994.  He served as the chair of the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on the Impact of Domestic Violence in the Courts; on the National Conference of Juvenile and Family Court Judges/Department of Justice Committee that formulated the Domestic Violence Bench Card; and as the state judicial representative to the Arizona Full Faith and Credit Team.  He also assisted with the Southwest Regional Full Faith and Credit Team.  He continues to serve as the co-chair of the Arizona Supreme Court’s Court Automation Coordinating Committee, which worked to develop a statewide database for orders of protection; the committee continues to use Tucson City Court as one of the pilot courts for the automation of all of the courts in the state and is procuring a second-generation state court automation system.  Judge Pollard also currently runs homeless courts and just finished serving as the co-chair of the Tucson/Pima County Homeless Plan Implementation Task Force.  Beginning in September 2009, together with Steve Cohen of the SAVAHCS, Judge Barbara Sattler (ret.), Kenny Hegland, John Barwell, Kris Carlson, and Russell Clarke, Judge Pollard developed and presided over the Tucson Veterans Court., which now includes Regional Municipalities Veterans Treatment Court for the municipalities of Marana, Oro Valley, Sahuarita, and South Tucson.  He graduated from the University of Arizona, College of Law, in 1972.