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Biographies of Judges of the Minnesota Court of Appeals


AMUNDSON, ROLAND C.        (Judge, 1991-2002)

Born 1949; Gustavus Adolphus College (B.A., 1971); University of Notre Dame Law School (1975); assistant commissioner of agriculture (1971-73); private practice (1975-1981; 1983-1988); faculty, William Mitchell College of Law (1981-1983); district judge (1988-1991). Appointed January 7 1991.


ANDERSON, G. BARRY        (Judge, 1998-2004)

Born 1954, Mankato. Gustavus Adolphus College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1976); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1979) Partner, Arnold, Anderson & Dove PLLP (1984-98); city attorney, Hutchinson (1987-98); member and chairman, Campaign Finance & Public Disclosure Board(1997-98);  judge, Minnesota Court of Appeals (1998-2004).  Married; three children.  Appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court October 13, 2004.

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ANDERSON, PAUL H.        (Chief Judge, 1992-94)

Born 1943, Eden Prairie: Macalester college (B.A., 1965, cum laude with departmental honors in political science); University of Minnesota Law School, (J.D., 1968); VISTA volunteer attorney (1968-69); special assistant attorney general Criminal Division and Motor Vehicle Division of the Department of Public Safety, (1970-71); associate (1971-75) and partner (1975-92) LeVander, Gillen & Miller Law offices, South St. Paul; Independent School District No. 199, board member (1983-86) and chair(1984-86); member and chair of Minnesota Judicial Selection Commission (1991-92); appointed Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, September 1, 1992; married, two children. Appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court July 1, 1994.

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BJORKMAN, LOUISE DOVRE        (Judge, 2008- )

Born 1960, Minneapolis. Luther College in Decorah, Iowa (B.A., 1982, magna dum laude); University of Minnesota (J.D., 1985, cum laude). Attorney, Rider, Bennett, Egan and Arundel (1985-1998); Judge, Second Judicial District (1998-2005); Attorney and partner, Larson King (2005-2008). Married, one child. Appointed June 24, 2008, effective with the retirement of the Honorable Bruce D. Willis on September 5, 2008.

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CHUTICH, MARGARET H.        (Judge, 2012- )

B.A., University of Minnesota, 1980; J.D. cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, 1984. Appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to the Minnesota Court of Appeals on December 27, 2011.

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CONNOLLY, FRANCIS J.        (Judge, 2008- )

Born 1958, Yonkers, NY. Columbia University (B.A, 1980); Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (M.S.F.S., 1984); Georgetown University Law School, (J.D. 1984) Editor, "Law and Policy in International Business". Attorney, U. S. Department of Justice Honors Program (1984-86); Attorney, Popham, Haik, Schnobrich & Kaufman (1986-1987); Attorney, Dorsey & Whitney (1987-1992); Attorney, Rossini, Nelson & Rossini (1992-1994); Associate General Counsel for Kraus-Anderson Realty Co. (1994-1998); Judge, Fourth Judicial District (1998- 2007); Assistant Presiding Judge of Civil Division of Fourth Judicial District (2004-2006); Presiding Judge of Civil Division of Fourth Judicial District (2006-2007). Married, three children. Appointed Oct. 4, 2007, effective Jan. 1, 2008.

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CLEARY, EDWARD J.        (Judge, 2011-)

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, 1952. J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 1977; B.A., magna cum laude, University of Minnesota (Minneapolis), 1974. Appointed Judge of the Second Judicial District by Governor Jesse Ventura in July, 2002. Elected in 2004 and 2010. Appointed Judge of the Court of Appeals on Nov. 22, 2011, by Governor Mark Dayton.

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CRIPPEN, GARY L.        (Judge, 1984- 2002)

Born 1936, Worthington; University of Minnesota (J.D., 1960, cum laude); private practice (1960-74), County Attorney (1966-74), Trial Judge (1974-84); married, seven children. Appointed April 1, 1984; elected 1986.


DAVIES, JACK        (Judge, 1990-2000)

Born 1932, Harvey, N.D.; University of Minnesota (B.A., 1954, magna cum laude); University of Minnesota (L.L.B., I960, cum laude; private practice 1960 to 1965; Minnesota State Senator (1958-1982), served as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee 1973 to 1982 and served as President of the Senate 1981 to 1982; Minnesota Commission on Uniform State Laws 1966 to present; Professor of Law at William Mitchell College of Law, 1965 to present; married, three children. Appointed July 1, 1990.


DIETZEN, CHRISTOPHER J.        (Judge, 2004- )

Born 1947, Yakima, Washington; Gonzaga University (B.B.A., 1969); Gonzaga University School of Law (J.D., 1973); attorney, Richter, Wimberly & Ericson (1973-1977); shareholder/attorney, Larkin Hoffman Daly & Linder, Ltd. (1978-2004). Married, four children, four grandchildren. Appointed December 15, 2004, elected 2006. Resigned on February 19, 2008, when he was sworn-in as an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

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FOLEY, DANIEL F.        (Judge, 1983-1991)

Born 1921, Wabasha; St. Thomas College (B.A.), Fordham University (LL.B.) Mexican Academy of International Law (LL.D., 1964); private practice (1948-66); National Commander, The American Legion (1963-64); District Judge (1966-83); married, five sons. Appointed November 2, 1983; elected 1984.


FORSBERG, THOMAS G.        (Judge, 1984-1995)

Born 1927, Appleton; joined the Army (1945); University of Minnesota (LL.B,, 1952; law review); private practice (1952-68); Coon Rapids Municipal Judge (1968-71); Anoka County Court Judge (1971); District Judge (1972-84); married, four children. Appointed April 1, 1984; elected 1986. Died July 15, 2007.


GARDEBRING, SANDRA S.        (Judge, 1989-1991)

Born June 15, 1947, Bismarck, ND; Luther College (B.A., 1969, magna cum laude); University of Minnesota (J.D., 1973, cum laude); Director of Enforcement, Midwestern regional office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1979-1982); Commissioner, Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota (1977-1978 and 1983-1984); Chairman, Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities (1984-1986); Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Services (1986-1989); married. Appointed July 26, 1989.

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HALBROOKS, JILL FLASKAMP        (Judge, 1998- )

Born 1949, Ann Arbor, MI. University of Colorado-Boulder (B.A., 1971); University of California (Counseling Practicum, 1975-76); University of Colorado-Boulder (M.A., 1976); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1985). Rider, Bennett, Egan & Arundel (associate attorney 1985-91, partner 1992-98). Married; two daughters. Appointed November 2, 1998. Elected 2000.

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HARTEN, JAMES C.        (Judge, 1992-2005 )

Born 1935, Mankato. St. Olaf college (B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta kappa, 1957); Lieutenant, USAF (1957-60); Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1964); private practice (1964-76); county attorney, Blue Earth County (1967-71); judge of Blue Earth County Court/District Court (1976-92); assistant chief judge, Fifth Judicial District (1989-92); married, Marion Murner, two children; appointed, February 3, 1992. Elected 1994, 2000.


HANSON, SAM        (Judge, 2000-2002)

Born 1939, Mankato. St Olaf College (B.A., 1961); William Mitchell College of Law (LL.B. with honors, 1965); deputy clerk of courts, U.S. District Court (1961-63); law librarian, U.S. Court of Appeals (1963-64); law clerk, Hennepin County District Court (1964-65); law clerk, Minnesota Supreme Court (1965-66); attorney (1966-2000), president (1988-93), Briggs and Morgan; judge, Minnesota Court of Appeals (2000-02); married, six children. Appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court June 6, 2002.

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HOOTEN, CAROL A.        (Judge, 2012- )

J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1978; B.A., summa cum laude, University of Minnesota, 1973. Appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Mark Dayton on Mar. 30, 2012. Took office on June 1, 2012.

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HUDSON, NATALIE E.        (Judge, 2002- )

Born 1957, Jefferson City, MO; Arizona State University Tempe (B.A., 1979); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1982); staff attorney, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc. (1982-86); Robins, Kaplan, Miller, Ciresi (1986-88); assistant dean of student affairs, Hamline University School of Law (1989-92); St. Paul city attorney (1992-94); Office of Minnesota Attorney General (1994-2002); married; one stepson. Appointed May 2, 2002; elected 2004.

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HUSPENI, DORIS OHLSEN        (Judge, 1984-1998)

Born 1929; University of Minnesota (B.A., 1964), William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1970); Municipal Judge (1980-82), District Judge (1982-84); married, five children. Appointed April 1, 1984; elected 1986.


JOHNSON, MATTHEW E.         (Judge, 2008-2010, Chief Judge 2010-)

Born 1963, Sioux Falls, SD. St Olaf College (B.A., 1985); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D. 1992), Editor in Chief, William Mitchell Law Review. Law Clerk, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa Chief Judge Charles R. Wolle (1992-1993); Law Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit Judge David R. Hansen (1993-1994); Attorney, Popham, Haik, Schnobrich and Kaufman (1994-1995); Attorney, Smith Parker (1995-2001); Attorney, Halleland, Lewis, Nilan and Johnson (2001-2007). Married, three children. Appointed Oct. 4, 2007, effective Jan. 1, 2008. Elected in 2010. Appointed as Court of Appeals Chief Judge effective Nov. 1, 2010.

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KALITOWSKI, THOMAS J.        (Judge, 1987- )

Born 1948, Robbinsdale; University of Minnesota (B.A. Political Science, 1970); University of Minnesota Law School (Law Degree, 1973); attorney for Department of Agriculture, Livestock Sanitary Board, Veterinary Examining Board, and Horticultural Society (1973-1975); Assistant Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (1975-1977); Chairman of the Minnesota Water Planning Board and Chairman of the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association and the Red River Water Resources Council (1977-1983); Chairman of the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board and Director of the Environmental Division of the State Planning Agency (1983-1984); Executive Director, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (1984-87); Director, State Planning Agency (1983-84); Chair, State Water Planning Board (1977-83); Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture (1975-77); Asst. Attorney General (1973-75); married, two children. Appointed November 16, 1987; elected 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008.

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KIRK, MICHAEL L.        (Judge, 2012- )

J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 1975; B.A. in Economics, University of Minnesota, 1972. Judge, Seventh Judicial District, 1989-2000. Assistant Chief Judge, Seventh Judicial District, 2000 to 2005. Chief Judge, Seventh Judicial District, 2005 to 2009. Appointed to the Court of Appeals June 27, 2012, by Governor Mark Dayton.

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KLAPHAKE, ROGER M.        (Judge, 1989-2012)

Born 1942, Richmond, MN.; St. Cloud State University (B.S., 1963), University of Minnesota (J.D., 1966); private practice (1966-1968); Roger Nierengarten Law Office (1966-1968); Assistant Stearns County Attorney (1966-1972); Rinke, Klaphake & Noonan, Ltd. (1968-1974); Sauk Rapids City Attorney (1970-1974); judicial officer, Stearns, Benton and Sherburne Counties (1974-1975); Judge of County Court, Stearns, Benton and Sherburne Counties (1975-1983); Judge of District Court, Seventh Judicial District (1983-1989); married, four children. Appointed October 1, 1989; elected 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008. Retired 2012.


LANSING, HARRIET        (Judge, 1983-2011)

Born 1945; Macalaster College (B.A., 1967), University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1970); private practice (1973-76), City Attorney (1976-78), Municipal Judge (1978-83); married, one child. Appointed November 1, 1983; elected 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008. Retired May 27, 2011.


LARKIN, MICHELLE A.        (Judge, 2008- )

Born 1967, Spring Valley, Illinois. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1988); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1992, magna cum laude). Worked for the Minnesota House of Representatives Judiciary Committee in the 1989 and 1990 legislative sessions; law clerk (1991-1992), attorney (1992-2001), and senior attorney and trial team supervisor (2001-2005) in the Hennepin County Public Defender's office; Judge, Tenth Judicial District (2005-2008). Married, two children. Appointed June 24, 2008.

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LESLIE, DAVID R.        (Judge, 1984-1987)

Born 1924, Minneapolis; University of Minnesota (J.D., 1950); U.S. Army (WWII); Asst. Attorney General (1957-63); Municipal Judge (1963-71); District Judge (1971-84); wife, Corinne, seven children. Appointed April 1, 1984; elected 1986.


MINGE , DAVID        (Judge, 2002-2012)

Born 1942, Clarkfield. St. Olaf College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1964); University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1967); Faegre and Benson (1967-70); professor, University of Wyoming College of Law (1970-77); Nelson, Oyen, Torvik, Minge and Gilbertson, Montevideo (1977-92); Assistant Chippewa County Attorney (1977-1992); U.S. House of Representatives, (1993-2001); fellow, W.W. Kellogg Foundation; scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D. C. Married; two sons. Appointed March 13, 2002; Retired March 31, 2012.


NIERENGARTEN, ROGER J.        (Judge 1984-1989)

Born 1925; St. John's University (B.A., 1948); Marquette University Law School (J.D., 1951); private practice (1956-84), County Attorney (1962-66), Special Attorney General (1972-76), U.S. Army paratroops (1943-46); U.S. Army (1951-52). Appointed April 1, 1984; elected 1986.


NORTON, FRED C.        (Judge, 1987-1997)

Born 1928, Minneapolis; Wesleyan University (B.A., 1950); University of Minnesota (LL.B., 1955); Asst. Attorney General (1955-65); private practice (1966-87); Minnesota House of Representatives (1967-87); Speaker of the House (1980, 1987); married, Marvel; children, Jeffrey, Cynthia, Katharine. Appointed July 1, 1987; elected 1988.


PARKER, EDWARD JAMES        (Judge, 1983-1997)

Born 1927, Detroit, MI; University of Minnesota (B.A., 1952; LL.B., 1955); U.S. Marine Corps, (WWII; Korean); Asst. Attorney General (1955-60), private practice (1974-83); Municipal Court, County Court, District Court (1963-74). Appointed November 1, 1983; elected 1984.


PETERSON, RANDOLPH W.        (Judge 1990- )

Born 1953. University of Minnesota (B.A., 1976); University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1979); Special Assistant Anoka County attorney; attorney, Tennessen & Regan; Minnesota State Senate (1981-90); married, children. Appointed December 4, 1990; elected 1992, 1998, and 2004.

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POPOVICH, PETER S.        (Chief Judge, 1983-1987)

St. Mary's Point and Chisholm, Hibbing Junior College (A.A.); University of Minnesota (B.A.), St. Paul College of Law (1947); private practice, (1947-83); Minnesota House of Representatives (1953-63); Chairman, Minnesota Statehood Centennial Commission (1955-59); appointed as Chief Judge, Court of Appeals on November 2, 1983 (1983-87); appointed as Justice, Supreme Court on November 16, 1987 (1987-89); wife, Gail; four children and three stepchildren. Appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on February 1, 1989. Retired on November 30, 1990.

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RANDALL, R.A. (JIM)        (Judge, 1984-2008)

Born 1940, Little Falls; Gonzaga University (B.A., 1962), Lt. U.S. Marine Corps (1962); University of Minnesota (J.D., 1967); private practice, Hibbing (1967-84); Asst. Public Defender (1967-84); Adjunct professor, University of Hamline Law School, 1990-present; married; three children. Appointed April 1, 1984, elected 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004. Retired on April 4, 2008.


RODENBERG, JOHN R.        (Judge, 2012- )

J.D., cum laude, 1981, Hamline University School of Law; B.A., cum laude, 1978, St. Olaf College.

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ROSS, KEVIN G.        (Judge, 2006- )

Born in St. Louis, MO; University of Iowa (B.A., JD 1994); Iowa City police officer (1987-1992); clerk to Chief Judge Paul Magnuson, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota; clerk to Judge Donald Lay, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; partner, Greene Espel (1997-2006); . Wife; five children; clerk to Chief Judge Paul Magnuson on the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and then to Judge Donald Lay on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Appointed February 23, 2006.

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SCHELLHAS, HEIDI S.         (Judge, 2008-

Born 1953, Milwaukee, WI. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (B.A., 1975); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1980). Title Examiner, Guaranty Title, Inc. (1977 -1978); Legal Assistant, Corporations and Securities Department, Dorsey & Whitney (1978 -1979); Partner, Associate Attorney, and Law Clerk, Carlsen, Greiner & Law (1979 - 1988); Sole Proprietor, Heidi S. Schellhas Law Offices (1988 -1989); Founding Partner, Rode, Lucas & Schellhas, PLLP (1989 -1996); Judge, Fourth Judicial District, Civil and Adult Criminal Court (2003 - 2007); Juvenile Court (1998 - 2002); Adult Criminal Court (1996 - 1997). Married, one stepdaughter. Appointed Oct. 4, 2007, effective Jan. 1, 2008.

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SCHUMACHER, ROBERT H.        (Judge, 1987-2005)

Born 1936, Minneapolis; College of St. Thomas (B.A., 1957); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1962); Municipal Judge (1974-84); District Judge (1984-87); three children, John, Anne, Thomas. Appointed December 1, 1987. Retired September 9, 2005.


SEDGWICK, SUSANNE C.        ( Judge, 1983-1988)

Born 1931, Minneapolis; University of Minnesota, William Mitchell College of Law (1956, cum laude); Asst. Hennepin County Attorney (1968-70); Municipal Judge (1970-74); District Judge (1974-84); married, four children. Appointed November 1, 1983; elected 1984.


SHORT, MARIANNE D.        (Judge, 1988-2000)

Born 1951, Minneapolis; Newton College of the Sacred Heart (B.A., 1972); Boston College Law School (J.D., 1976); Dorsey & Whitney (1977-88); Special Asst. Attorney General to Minnesota Department of Public Welfare (1976-77); married, Raymond L. Skowyra, Jr.; two sons, R. Louis, Nicholas. Appointed May 20, 1988.


SHUMAKER, GORDON W.        (Judge, 1998-2011)

Born 1942, St. Paul. St Thomas University (B.A., 1964); St. Thomas University (M.A., 1965); teacher, St. Bernard's High School (1965-70); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1971). Meier, Kennedy & Quinn (1971-82); district court Judge (1982-97); chief judge (1996-97). Appointed January 6, 1998; elected 2000, 2006. Retired 2011.


SIMONETT, ANNE V.        (Chief Judge, 1994-1995)

Born 1952, Little Falls; Lawrence University, Appleton, WI (B. Mus., 1974, magna cum laude in piano performance). Yale University (M. Mus., 1977, in piano performance), Harvard University (J.D., 1981, cum laude). Faegre & Benson, partner in business litigation. Fourth District Trial Court Judge; married, Henry J. Shea II, two children. Appointed July 1, 1994, retired March 31, 1995.


SMITH, JOHN P.        (Judge, 2012-)

Born Park Rapids, MN, 1950. B.A. with honors, Concordia College, 1971; J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1975; L.L.M., Emory University School of Law, 1987 (Litigation). Civil trial specialist with the firm of Smith and Hunter in Park Rapids, Minnesota 1976-1991. Judge, Ninth Judicial District, 1991-2012. Appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Mark Dayton December 19, 2012; joined the Court on January 7, 2013.

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STAUBER, JR., LARRY        (Judge, 2008- )

Born 1947, Duluth, MN. University of Minnesota - Duluth (B.A./B.S., 1970); Chicago Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois (J.D., 1977). Infantry officer, United States Army (1971-1974); solo practitioner (1977-1982); part-time public defender (1978-2006); senior attorney and managing partner, Stauber and Lien (1982-2008). Married, two children. Appointed June 24, 2008.

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STONEBURNER, TERRI J.        (Judge, 2000- )

Born 1945. Hanover College (B.A., cum laude, 1967); United States Peace Corps (West Africa, 1968-70); University of Washington School of Law (J.D. 1975) ; United States VISTA Volunteer Lawyer with Alaska Human Rights Commission (1976-77, staff attorney 1977-78); Farrish, Johnson, Maschka (attorney 1980-84; partner 1984-90); district court judge, Brown County(1990-2000). Appointed April 28, 2000, elected 2002.

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TOUSSAINT JR., EDWARD        (Chief Judge, 1995-2010, retired 2011)

Born 1941; Chicago State University (B.A., 1964); DePaul University Law School (J.D., 1974); Chicago public school teacher (1964-1975). Claim counsel for American Family Insurance (1975-1981); Workers' Compensation Judge (1981-87); Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals Judge (1987-1992); district court judge (1992-1995); Adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law; Adjunct professor at University of St. Thomas school of Law; active in the Minnesota State Bar Association and has served on the Executive Committee since 1993; president of the council of Chief Judges (1998-99). Appointed March 13, 1995; elected 1996, 2002, 2008. Stepped down from the position as Chief Judge on Nov. 1, 2010. Retired on July 15, 2011. Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from July 13, 2011, to June 30, 2013.

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WILLIS, BRUCE D.        (Judge, 1995-2008)

Born 1941, Minneapolis; Yale University (B.A., 1962); Harvard Law School (LL.B., 1965); Army Reserve (1965-68); Navy Reserve (1968-74); Popham, Haik, Schnobrich & Kaufman (1965-95); member, Minnesota Ethical Practices Board (1990- 95; chair, 1992-93); married; two children. Appointed July 26, 1995; elected 1996, 2002. Retired on September 5, 2008.


WORKE , RENEE L.        (Judge, 2005- )

Born 1958, Chicago, Illinois; Minnesota State University Mankato ( B.S., Magna Cum laude, 1980); William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 1983); Law Clerk, 3rd Judicial District (1983-84); assistant 3rd Judicial District public defender (1992-96); administrative law judge (1994-96); partner/attorney, Rietz, Rietz, Rietz & Worke (1984-96); judge, Waseca County District Court (1996-2002); Chief Judge, 3rd Judicial District, (2002-2005). Married; two sons. Appointed April 6, 2005, elected 2006.

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WOZNIAK, DANIEL DONALD (D.D.)        (Judge, 1983-1987; Chief Judge, 1987-1992)

Born 1922, Silver Lake, St., Thomas College (B.A., 1943, cum laude), University of Minnesota (J.D , 1948); naval aviator (WWII); Minnesota House of Representatives (1951-67); U.S. State Department; private practice (1948-83). Appointed November 2, 1983; elected 1984. Died August 17, 2005.


WRIGHT, WILHELMINA M.        (Judge, 2002-2012)

Born 1964; Yale University (B.A., cum laude, 1986); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1989); judicial clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (1989-91); private practice attorney, Hogan & Hartson, LLP (1991-95); assistant U.S. Attorney for the district of Minnesota (1995-2000); judge, Ramsey County District Court (2000-02). Married; one daughter. Appointed September 3, 2002; elected 2004, 2010. Appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court August 20, 2012, by Governor Mark Dayton.

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Minnesota State Law Library: Biographies of Judges of the Minnesota Court of Appeals
http://www.lawlibrary.state.mn.us/coajudgebio.html

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