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Judge Erica H. MacDonald

Dakota County


Appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty on Nov. 24, 2009. Elected in 2012. Term expires Jan. 2019.


DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
Juris Doctor, graduated with top honor, June 1997
Order of the Coif, Law Review editor

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
B.A., American Studies, May 1989


Assistant United States Attorney, District of Minnesota in Minneapolis, 2001-2009

Judicial law clerk to Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Harriet Lansing, 2000-2001

Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago, Illinois, 2000

Associate attorney, Kirkland and Ellis law firm in Chicago, 1999

Judicial law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge James H. Alesia in Chicago, 1997-1999

Buyer and a sales manager, May Department Stores in St. Louis, Missouri, 1989-1994

Professional Memberships:

Dakota County Bar Association

Minnesota District Judges Association

Warren E. Burger Inn of Court 

Professional and Community Activities:

Instructor and a presenter, numerous law enforcement and legal conferences

Parent volunteer and Member of St. Joseph’s School of West St. Paul School Board

Former volunteer coach, Mendota Heights Athletic Association