Terence Hallinan

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Terence Hallinan
District Attorney of San Francisco
In office
Preceded by Arlo Smith
Succeeded by Kamala Harris
Personal details
Born (1936-12-04) December 4, 1936 (age 78)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
London School of Economics
UC Hastings College of the Law
Profession Lawyer
Religion None

Terence Hallinan (born December 4, 1936) is an American attorney and politician from San Francisco, California. He is the second of six sons born to leftist attorney Vincent Hallinan and his wife Vivian. He currently works in private practice in San Francisco.

Hallinan was educated at the London School of Economics, University of California, Berkeley, and University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He successfully contested the State Bar's negative evaluation of his character, based on his engagement in civil disobedience in opposing racist discriminatory employment practices by certain San Francisco businesses in the 1960s, before the Supreme Court of California.[1]

As an attorney, he successfully argued to have the murder convictions of serial-killer Juan Corona overturned on appeal, and represented Corona in his retrial which resulted in 25 convictions for murder and a life sentence.[2]

He served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, losing his first bid for that office to Harvey Milk in 1977, and later was the district attorney of San Francisco for two terms. While serving as DA, he became a notable opponent of capital punishment. He also was a strong advocate on behalf of decriminalizing prostitution.[3] In his tenure he supported medical marijuana and is now an advisor of NORML.[4] He was defeated for reelection as District Attorney by Kamala Harris.

In late 2014, Hallinan was temporarily suspended by the State Bar of California for co-mingling his and a trust client's funds.[5][6]


  1. ^ Hallinan v. Committee of Bar Examiners, 65 Cal. 2d 447 (1966).
  2. ^ "Juan Corona". latinamericanstudies.org. Retrieved 2007-07-30. 
  3. ^ Perillo, Lois (May 1998). "Police Beat: Crimes Go Down In March". The Noe Valley Voice. Retrieved March 6, 2015. The man is no longer in jail, however. The district attorney dismissed the case "in the interest of justice". 
  4. ^ Terence Hallinan NORML
  5. ^ Ex-D.A. Terence Hallinan suspended from practicing law, By Jaxon Van Derbeken and Bob Egelko, SF Chronicle, 15 Dec 2014
  6. ^ pdf, State Bar of California

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Further reading[edit]

  • Hallinan, Vivian. "My Wild Irish Rogues." Doubleday & Company, Inc. Garden City, NY. 1952.