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Senior Judge Heather L. Sweetland
(retired 2014)

St. Louis County


Appointed Feb. 2, 1996.  Elected in 1998, 2004, and 2010. 

Retired on April 3, 2014.

Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from April 4, 2014, to June 30, 2015.


William Mitchell College of Law (J.D. 1982); Mankato State College (B.S.T. 1974)

Employment Background:

Partner, Fillenworth & Sweetland, Duluth, Minnesota (1990-1996); Assistant Sixth Judicial Public Defender (1982-1996); Eckman &  Fillenworth, Duluth, Minnesota (1986-1990); Sole Practitioner (1982-1986); Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota, Duluth, Minnesota (1982).

Bar Admissions:

Minnesota Supreme Court (1982); Federal District Court, District of Minnesota (1982).

Professional Organizations:

Minnesota State Bar Association (1982-Present), Board of Governors (1993-1998, 2004); Eleventh District Bar Association (1982-Present), Secretary (1989-1990), Vice President (1990-1991), President (1991-1992), Judicial Administration Committee (1995-Present), Family Law Committee (1982-Present); Minnesota Women Lawyers (1998-Present); American Bar Association (1982-Present); American Judges Assocation (1996-Present); Minnesota District Judges Association (1996-Present); National Women Judges Association (1997-Present); Rules of Criminal Procedure Committee for the Supreme Court (2003-Present).

Community Organizations:

Trinity Lutheran Church (1983-Present); YWCA Board of Directions (1983-1988); Foster Parents Advisory Board (1983-1987); Arrowhead Regional Corrections Advisory Board (1999-2004). 

Other Teaching and Lecturing Activities:

CLE Lecturer on Family Law and Evidence.