Judge Allie Greenleaf Maldonado


Judge Maldonado graduated in the top third of her class from the University of Michigan Law School. While there, she served as a Contributing Editor for the University of Michigan Law Review. The Honorable Allie Greenleaf Maldonado is a citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) and a member of the turtle clan. She was first appointed the Chief Judge of the LTBB Tribal Court in 2012. Judge Maldonado was selected through the Honors Program at the United States Department of Justice to serve as a litigator in the Indian Resources Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division in Washington, DC. In September of 2002, Judge Maldonado returned to Michigan to serve as Assistant General Counsel for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, a position she held until her appointment as Chief Judge of the Tribal Court. Judge Maldonado is a nationally recognized expert on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act (MIFPA). She has worked extensively with the State Court Administrative Office to bring Michigan into compliance with ICWA and is a frequent trainer and speaker in the areas of ICWA and MIFPA. In 2014, Judge Maldonado was voted Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly Woman of the Year. In addition, she was privileged to be selected as the 2015 Unsung Hero for the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly. In 2016, she was chosen by Harvard Law School as an honoree for International Women’s Day recognizing her extraordinary work with students. In 2017, Detroit News named her a Michiganian of the Year. In 2018, Tough Cases, in which she contributed a chapter was published. Judge Maldonado and her husband Jay are the proud parents of two wonderful children.