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Lorie Skjerven Gildea

Chief Justice

B.A. Degree, with distinction
University of Minnesota Morris, 1983

J.D. Degree, magna cum laude, order of the coif
Georgetown University Law Center, 1986

Legal Background

Appointed as Chief Justice on July 1, 2010. Elected in 2012 and 2018. Term expires Jan. 2025.

Appointed as Associate Justice on January 11, 2006.

Prior to being appointed to the Supreme Court, Gildea served as a judge in the Fourth Judicial District, Hennepin County. 

Before being appointed to the bench in September 2005, Gildea was a prosecutor in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office (2004-2005), Associate General Counsel at the University of Minnesota (1993-2004) and in private litigation practice at Arent Fox in Washington, D.C. (1986-1993).

Community Involvement

Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission (May 2001-November 2004)

Board of Directors, YWCA of Minneapolis (July 2000-June 2003)

Advisory Board, MINNCORR Industries (June 2000-June 2002)

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure (2004-2006)

Minnesota State Bar Association

  Member, Council (July 1, 2003-Present)
  Member, Assembly (2000-Present)
  Member, Governing Council, Civil Litigation Section (2000-2006)

Hennepin County Bar Association
  Member, Board of Directors (2000-2004)
  Chair, Finance and Planning Committee (2002-2003)
  Co-chair, The Hennepin Lawyer Committee (2001-2002)


In Their Own Words: The Justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Videos of Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea 

An Interview with Chief Justice Lorie Gildea of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Bench & Bar of Minnesota

Interview with Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea, WCCO, Monday, December 17, 2018.

The State of the Minnesota Courts - Chief Justice Gildea discusses the impact of the budget shortfall on the administration of justice, public safety, and our legal rights. Presented by Moss & Barnett.

The District Court Show : with Judge Stephen Halsey and Judge Elizabeth Strand, Tenth Judicial District. No. 79, Interview with Chief Justice Lorie Gildea and Jeff Shorba. DVD available in Minnesota State Law Library.

Lorie Skjerven Gildea Portrait
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