Judge Serra served on The Nursing Specialty Task Force in the Michigan Department of Licensing under former Governor James J. Blanchard and was appointed to The Correction Officer's Training Advisory Council before being appointed Judge. Judge Serra's book, "Bag A Fag" (published by the Triangle Foundation), is recognized as one of the most authoritative sources of information about anti-gay police misconduct. Mr. Serra was selected as a Michigan "Lawyer of the Year" for 2000, and received the Rev. Martin L. King Jr. Freedom Award in 2001. Judge Serra's great grandparents, grandparents and parents were all born and raised here. Judge Serra is a former school board member, a former County Commissioner and a former Human Rights Commissioner for the City of Detroit. Judge Serra is a 4th generation Detroiter. Judge Rudolph Serra was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan and graduated from Ferndale High School with Honors in 1972, a year ahead of his class. In addition to practicing Law for 23 years, Judge Serra has a license to practice Social Work and is a Certified Clinical Psychopathologist. Judge Serra has a Bachelor's Degree with a double major in Psychology and Communication (with Honors) and a Master's Degree in Communication, as well as a Doctorate in Law. Mr. Serra served as a founding member as Chair of the Royal Oak Township Downtown Development Authority, and as an Officer-At-Large in the Michigan Democratic Party. Judge Rudolph Serra's preeminence in the law and as a citizen is widely acknowledged and his qualifications are virtually hailed by judges and lawyers." Judge Rudolph A. Serra was appointed to the 36th District Court by Governor Jennifer Granholm on June 29, 2004. Judge Serra served as a Referee for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights and was a member of the State Bar of Michigan Open Justice Commission. Judge Serra completed the two-year master's program in one year. According to the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, Judge Serra has outstanding legal ability and background, as well as wide experience, wisdom, intellect, insight and impartiality. Judge Rudolph Serra's writing had been published by The Journal of Psychology and Christianity and by The Journal of Intergroup Relations (National Association of Human Rights Workers). Judge Rudolph Serra was a Torch Bearer in the 2002 Winter Olympics. Judge Serra is a former Adjunct Professor of Communication Studies at The University of Detroit Mercy and Adjunct Instructor in Health Law at Mercy College. Mr. Serra wrote the Civil Rights survey for The Wayne State University Law Review (published in 2005) and co-authored Chapter 3 of the latest edition of Michigan Family Law.