Former magistrate judge returns to federal bench

Retired U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Hluchaniuk has been recalled to service as a federal magistrate judge at the United States Courthouse in Flint.

Hluchaniuk, who served as a federal magistrate judge there from 2007-2016, was recalled last month due to the anticipated elevation of Magistrate Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis to U.S. District Court judge. The federal court clerk’s office recently began assigning cases to Hluchaniuk.

Hluchaniuk, 72, is a 1969 graduate of the University of Michigan and received his law degree from Wayne State University in 1972. Afterward, he worked as a lawyer the Michigan Court of Appeals, Jackson County legal aid, and in private practice in East Lansing. In 1980, he became an assistant U.S. attorney based primarily in Bay City and served in that role until 2007 when he was appointed federal magistrate judge.

Federal magistrate judges handle arraignments and other preliminary criminal matters and preside over discovery and pre-trial civil proceedings at the request of federal district judges.