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Michael Hallinan, cousin of San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan and a prosecutor in his office, died Sunday at age 70 after a long battle with lung cancer. The youngest of Hallinan’s five children was married the day before his death, said Joseph Morehead, a law partner of Hallinan’s for more than 10 years. “He was able to see his daughter in a wedding dress,” though he wasn’t able to attend the wedding, Morehead said. The DA said his cousin was “really a warm, loving human being” who took a special interest in juvenile cases, both as a private defense attorney and a public prosecutor. Michael Hallinan, who graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law, was admitted to the California Bar in 1971. He spent his entire career in San Francisco, working for many years as a criminal defense attorney specializing in juvenile defense, Morehead said. But in 1997 he switched to the other side of the courtroom and took a job under his cousin, District Attorney Hallinan. In the DA’s office, he was assigned to prosecute defendants accused of having unlawful sex with minors — what used to be known as statutory rape cases, Morehead said. Hallinan was dapper, Morehead said. “If you ask anybody who knew Michael Hallinan, they’ll tell you he was probably the best-dressed attorney in the district attorney’s office.” His signature was an ever-present flower in his lapel, said his widow, Francis Hallinan. “He was really just an extraordinarily gentle man,” said Assistant District Attorney Linda Moore. “Very gentle, kind, with a real impish sense of humor.” “He was always willing to do more than was requested,” said Walter Aldridge, managing attorney of the DA’s juvenile division, who knew Hallinan for more than 20 years. Hallinan went on medical leave from the office shortly after he was diagnosed in 2002, Morehead said. He continued to travel, go out to lunch with friends, and cook — one of his amateur passions, along with gardening — remaining active until about a week before his death, said his widow. “He had a sharp mind,” and remained interested in pending cases even after leaving work, Aldridge said, noting that when he and another attorney visited Hallinan within a week of his death, they discussed a current sexual assault case. Though his co-workers had time to get used to the idea of his illness, Terence Hallinan said, “The whole office is really distraught about [his death].” Michael Hallinan is survived by his wife; sister, Maureen Brown of San Jose; five children; and nine grandchildren. A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sept. 7 at the United Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco, 2700 45th Ave.

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