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Senior Judge Donald E. Rysavy
(retired 2014)

Mower County


District Court Judge: 1995 to 2014

Appointed  by Gov. Arne Carlson: 1995
Re-elected: 1996, 2002 and 2008

Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from May 5, 2014, to June 30, 2015.

Education / Employment

Undergraduate Degree: St. Mary’s University, Winona,1970
Juris Doctor Degree: University of Minnesota, 1973 

Admitted to MN Bar: 1973
Admitted to Federal Bar: 1978 

Private practice- 
Hoversten, Strom, Johnson and Rysavy  Austin , MN: 1973-1995

Past Activities:

  • Lead Judge for “Children’s Justice Initiative”
  • Austin Lions Club
  • Austin Sertoma Club
  • Junior Achievement of Austin: Past Board Member and President
  • Mower County Mental Health Center: Past Chairman
  • Austin Human Rights Commission: Past Chairman
  • Miss Minn. Scholarship Pageant: Past Chairman
  • Sacred Heart Hospice: Past Board Member
  • Austin H.S. Mentorship Program
  • Parental Cooperation Task Force

Current Activities:

  • Minnesota State ADR Review Board: Member
  • MN State Bar Family Law section: Member
  • Advisory Board Member:  “Association of Family Law Practitioners”
  • Advisory Board Member:  “Parent’s Forever”