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Carol Hooten


Elected in 2002 and served as Scott County District Court Judge from 2003-2012. Appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Mark Dayton on Mar. 30, 2012. Took office on June 1, 2012. Elected in 2014. Current term expires Jan. 2021. 


J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1978
B.A., summa cum laude, Major: Developmental Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1973


Minnesota Court of Appeals (2012-present)
District Court Judge, First Judicial District, Scott County (2003-12)
Carol A. Hooten Law Firm (1991-2002)
Arbitrator with American Arbitration Association (2001-02)
Bassford, Heckt, Lockhart, Truesdell & Briggs, P.A. (1987-91)
Jardine, Logan & O'Brien (1978-86)
Law Clerk for Judge Jonathan Lebedoff, Hennepin County District Court (1976-78)


State of Minnesota, September 19, 1978
United States District Court, November 6, 1978
State of Wisconsin, February 10, 1987

Professional Associations:

Minnesota Bar Association
Dakota County Bar Association
Minnesota District Judges Association
American Judicature Society
Twin Cities Cardozo Society

Professional Committees as District Court Judge:

First District Guardian ad Litem Advisory Committee
Minnesota State Family Law Committee
Chair, Scott County Children's Justice Initiative
Chair, Scott County, Juvenile Justice Coordinating Committee

Educational Outreach:

Judge for Final Round, University of Minnesota Law School’s Maynard Pirsig Moot Court Tournament, March 13, 2014

Judge, American Mock Trial Association (AMTA), Hamline University and Macalester College for the St. Paul Regional Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament, February 16, 2014

Presenter, Public Defender Appellate Pro Bono Program, MSBA Appellate Practice Section, November 22, 2013

Presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association's Nine Days in June and the First Judicial District at Brackett’s Crossing in Lakeville, Appellate Case Update, June 13, 2013

Former adjunct professor, William Mitchell College of Law, Legal Practicum, Spring 2013 - Spring 2015

Faculty member, The 7th Annual Appellate Practice Institute, First Impressions from the Newer Justices and Judges, Spring 2013

Judge for Final Round, ABA Law Student Division Region 7, Negotiation Competition, Fall 2013

Presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association’s Nine Days in June and the First Judicial District at Brackett’s Crossing in Lakeville, Appellate Case Update, June 12, 2014

Speaker, Senior High Social Study Students, Discussing the Minnesota Judicial System and its relationship to other branches of government, Norwood Young America, January 16, 2015.

Carol Hooten Portrait
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