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Senior Judge Tanja K. Manrique
(retired 2010)


Hennepin County

Appointed/Elected:

Appointed December 31,1998.
Elected in 2000 and 2006.
Retired in 2010.

Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015.

Education:

J.D. (Legal Research and Writing Fellow), Georgetown University Law Center, 1991
B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Cornell College, 1988

Employment:

  • General Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff, Governor Arne Carlson, 1995-1998
  • Greene, Espel, 1993-1995
  • Popham, Haik, Schnobrich & Kaufman, 1991-1993

Professional Memberships:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association
  • Minnesota District Judges Association

Additional Information:

Judicial Activities

Judge Manrique served for 5 ½ years as the co-chair of the Hennepin County Family Violence Coordinating Council. She has been a member of the Domestic Violence Court Implementation Steering Committee and the Domestic Violence Court team. She was a member of the Public Trust and Confidence Committee and the Budget and Finance Committee. Judge Manrique frequently speaks at the invitation of civic, educational, and non-profit organizations. She provides mentoring internship opportunities to college and law school students.

Assignment History

  • Family, 12/2003-2010
  • Criminal & Family, 7/2003-12/2003
  • Criminal, 12/2002-6/2003
  • Juvenile, 1/2001-11/2002
  • Criminal, 12/1998-12/2000

Community Activities

Minnesota Lawyer, board of directors; Wayzata Community Church (Moderator; Vice-Moderator; Church Council; Nominating Committee; Board of Trustees); Minnesota Women's Sailing Team (Vice-Commodore; Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship participant); Wayzata Yacht Club; Minneapolis Club; Lafayette Club.

Judge Manrique volunteered for assignment to Family Court in July of 2003, and in 2006 she committed to working there for the next several years. In that capacity, she is the lead judge on the ad hoc bench and bar Financial Early Neutral Evaluation committee, the Jobs calendar, and the quarterly Ridgedale Library Divorce Education Program. Family Court judicial officers are responsible for handling individually blocked cases, mandatory calendars (order for protection, contempt, paternity, county attorney, bench warrant), and signing duties (as daily public signer, and co-signer of all referee orders).