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Margaret H. Chutich


Appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to the Minnesota Court of Appeals on December 27, 2011. Elected in 2014. Current term expires Jan. 2021.  


J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, 1984

B.A., University of Minnesota, 1980

University of Zagreb (studied Croatian language), 1980-1981

Past Employment:

Assistant Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

Deputy Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office

Assistant United States Attorney, District of Minnesota, Criminal Division

Attorney, Opperman Heins & Paquin

Attorney, Tanick & Heins

Law Clerk, Hon. Diana E. Murphy, United States District Court, District of Minnesota

Professional Memberships:

Member, Hennepin County and Minnesota State Bar Associations

Member, Minnesota Women Lawyers

  • Member of Advisory Council
  • Member of MWL Strategic Planning Task Force, 2014 – 2015

Member, Lavender Bar Association

Former Director, Advocates for Human Rights, 1990-1994

  • Member of Women’s Human Rights Program Advisory Council

Member, International Women’s Forum

At Large Member, Judicial Selection Commission, 2011

Member, Federal Advisory Committee, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2002 – 2006

Member, Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group, United States District Court, District of Minnesota, 1991 – 1994

Member, Federal Court Practice Committee, United States District Court, District of Minnesota, 1990 – 1993

Member, United States District Court, District of Minnesota History Committee, 1995 – 2008

  • Past President, 1988 – 1992

Barrister, Douglas K. Amdahl American Inn of Court, 1992-1998

Member, Violence Prevention Task Force, 1994

Professional and Community Activities:

Director, YWCA of Minneapolis, 2008 – 2014

Member, Twin Cities Dunkers, 2013 – present

Member, University of Minnesota “M” Club

  • Former Director, 2002 – 2007
  • Co-chair, National “M” Club 2003 Hall of Fame Banquet
  • Liaison to women’s tennis team, 2005 – 2007

Moot Court Competition Judge, University of Minnesota Law School, Hamline University School of Law

Mentor, University of St. Thomas Law School

Lifetime Member, University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Committee, 2003 – present

Member, Advisory Council for Women’s Athletics, University of Minnesota, 1990 – 1996

Volunteer, “Everybody Wins!” Reading program

Additional Information:

2015 “Alumni of Notable Achievement,” University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts

Former Adjunct Appellate Professor, William Mitchell College of Law, 2005

Guest Lecturer, William Mitchell College of Law, University of St. Thomas Business School, Metropolitan State University

Panelist, Appellate Practice Institute, “An Insider’s View of Appellate Advocacy:  EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc.,” 2015.

Panelist, Minnesota Lavender Bar Association, “Out on the Bench: Perspectives from Minnesota’s LGBT Judges”

Panelist, Minnesota State Bar Association, Nine Days in June, “Recent Appellate Cases”

Panelist, Ramsey County Bar Association, “Recent Appellate Cases”

Panelist, Hennepin County Bar Association, “Discussion of the Sexual Harassment Case of Rasmussen v. Two Harbors Fish Company

Panelist, Appellate Practice Institute, “First Impressions from the New(er) Justice and Judges”

Panelist, Minnesota Lavender Bar Association, “Reflections on the Judicial Appointment Process”

Panelist, Hennepin County Bar Association, “So You Want to Be a Judge?”

Panelist, Minnesota Women Lawyers, “You Can Be a Judge” Seminar

Moderator, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, “Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality and Gay People’s Right to Marry”

Panelist, Minnesota Women Lawyers, Leadership Project Seminar

Speaker, University of Minnesota, Partners in Change Summit, “Transforming Policy, Practice, and Administration:  From ‘Champions’ to ‘Institutionalization’”

Presenter, Minnesota Department of Human Services, “Indian Child Welfare Act and the 2007 Tribal/State Agreement”

Presenter, Office of the Minnesota Attorney General, “Issues in Criminal Justice”

Presenter, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, “Crime 1999”

Presenter, “Hate Crimes in Minnesota,” numerous presentations made to Minnesota State Bar Association, National Asian Pacific Bar Association – Minnesota Chapter, civic groups, police officers, and high schools throughout Minnesota

Presenter, “A Legal and Legislative Framework Protecting Minorities in Minnesota,” Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

Speaker, Special Symposium on Gang Violence and How to Stop It, Metropolitan State University

Presenter, “What I Learned from My High School Coaches: What Are You Leaving as a Legacy from Your Coaching,” Women in Sports Leadership Conference

Panelist, “Weaving a Common Thread in Human Rights,” Minnesota Department of Human Rights 15th Annual Human Rights Day Conference

Presenter, “Civil Rights/Hate Crime: A Federal Perspective”

Presenter, “Juvenile Justice Task Force”

Presenter, “Practicing in Federal District Court in Minnesota”

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