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Senior Judge Joseph F. Wieners
(retired 2013)

Dodge County


Appointed by Governor Rudy Perpich in 1989. Elected 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2008.

Retired Aug. 12, 2013.

Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from Aug. 14, 2013, to June 30, 2015.


J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 1973
B.A., College of St. Thomas, 1969


Attorney- Dodge County, 1976-1979 and 1982-1989

Private Practice Attorney- Kasson and Rochester, 1976-1989 and 1974-1976

Law Clerk- Hon. John Bartholomew, Wisconsin Circuit Court, Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1973-1974

Professional Memberships:

Minnesota State Bar Association
Former Member- Wisconsin State and Dodge County Bar Associations
Former Member- Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association
Former Member- Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Professional Activities:

Former Chair- Third District Judicial Resources Committee
Former Chair- Third District Criminal Justice Resource Management Committee
Former Member- Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted Community Corrections Advisory Board

Community Activities:

Co-Chair- P.O.R.T. Board (Probationed Offender Rehabilitation and Training)
Co-Chair- Kasson United Way
Former Member and President- Kasson Exchange Club
Board of Directors- Family Services (Rochester, MN)
President- Dodge County Youth Hockey Association

Lecturing and Teaching Experience:

Instructor (Constitutional and Criminal Law)- Rochester Community College 1995-1996, 1979-1980

Instructor (Labor Law and Hotel-Restaurant Law)- University of Wisconsin-Stout 1974-1976