Court of Appeals
Appointed June 27, 2012, by Governor Mark Dayton. Elected in 2014. Retired 2018.
Appointed December 1, 1989, by Governor Rudy Perpich.
Elected 1992, 1998, 2004, 2010.
Assistant Chief Judge, Seventh Judicial District, 2000 to 2005.
Chief Judge, Seventh Judicial District, 2005 to 2009.
J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 1975
B.A. in Economics, University of Minnesota, 1972
Otter Tail County Attorney, 1978-1989
Williams and Nitz Law Firm, Fergus Falls, Minnesota, 1975-1978
Minnesota Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure
Clay County Bar Association
Minnesota Judicial Council
Minnesota County Attorney’s Association (Director)
Otter Tail County Bar Association (President, 1978)
Minnesota Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Evidence
Minnesota Supreme Court Committee on Child Protection Procedures
Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, Northland Community College
Business Law, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Bemidji Trial School, sponsored by the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, County Attorneys’ Association, and State Board of Public Defense (1986-2002)
New Judges Orientation, Criminal Trial issues, presented twice a year
Numerous CLEs and other presentations