Pollard, Michael Phillips
Born in Tucson, Arizona in 1945, Judge Pollard is a Vietnam combat veteran, U.S. Marine Corps; former private attorney, prosecutor and public defender; and since 1994, a Tucson City Court Magistrate. He is the former chair of the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on the Impact of Domestic Violence in the Courts and current chair of the Supreme Court’s Court Automation Coordinating Committee. In 2009, Judge Pollard assembled a team of City, Federal and other local resources to develop the Tucson Veterans Treatment Court to assist military service members charged with misdemeanor offenses. Now expanded to the Regional Municipalities Veterans Treatment Court, this comprehensive program collaborates with the Department of Veterans Affairs, La Frontera and Old Pueblo Community Services, and provides mentors for the veterans. Judge Pollard’s legacy is helping other Arizona courts create veterans treatment courts.