Anoka County Courthouse
Phone: (763) 422-7440
Appointed July 23, 1993. Elected in 1994, 2000, 2006, and 2012. Current term expires January 2019.
Hamline University School of Law (J.D. 1979); College of St. Benedict (B.A. 1976).
Judge, Anoka County District Court (2001-present), Sherburne County District Court (1993-2001); Lawyer, Barna, Guzy and Steffen, Ltd. (1983-1993), board of directors (1992-1993); Judicial Law Clerk (1981-1983); Attorney, Filla and Whisnant (1981).
Minnesota Supreme Court (1980); Federal District Court, District of Minnesota (1981).
Professional and Community Activities:
Member, Statewide ENE (Early Neutral Evaluation) Steering Committee; Member, Anoka County ENE Pilot Program Steering Committee; Member, Statewide Steering Committee for ICMC/ENE (2008); Minnesota Judicial College, Co-Chair for Family Law for the Judiciary Curriculum Committee (1995-2005); Minnesota District Judges Association, Member (1993-present), Tenth Judicial District board member (2007-present; alternate 1999-2003), President (2004-2005); Minnesota Supreme Court Parental Cooperation Task Force, Chair (1998-2000); Minnesota Supreme Court Child Support Rules Committee (1998-2003); John E. Simonett American Inn of Court (1993-2003); Sherburne County Divorce Education Committee - "Parenting Apart" program development (1995-2001); Anoka County Bar Association (1983-present), President 1991-1992, Executive Board 1988-1993; Eighteenth District Bar Association (1993-present); Alexandra House Women's Shelter board of directors (1998-2001); Judicare of Anoka County board of directors (1983-1993); Chrysalis Legal Advice for Woman (L.A.W.) Clinic legal counselor (1986-1992); Federal Public Defender Conflict Panel (1986-1990); Minnesota State Bar Assocation (1980-present), Board of Governors (2003-2005), Women in Legal Profession Committee (1992-1993), Family Law and Civil Law Sections; National Assocation of Women Judges (1993-1994, 2000-present), Minnesota Women Lawyers (1986-2003), board of directors (1988); Chair, Anoka Bench (2002-2003); Red Mass Committee at College of St. Benedict (2002-present); frequent speaker and lecturer to schools and professional and community organizations.