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Judge Steven J. Cahill


Clay County

Clay County Courthouse
Phone: (218) 299-5065

Appointed/Elected:

Appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty in Feb. 2006. Elected in 2008. His current term expires in January 2015.

Education:

  • Shanley High School, Fargo, North Dakota, 1966    
  • Moorhead State College, Moorhead, Minnesota, 1967-1969
  • Winona State College, Winona, Minnesota, B.A., 1972
  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, J.D. 1976

Bar Admissions:

  • Minnesota, 1976
  • North Dakota, 1982
  • U.S. District Court - Minnesota, 1978
  • U.S. District Court - North Dakota, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - 8th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1979

Past Employment:

  • Great Central Insurance Company - Claims Adjuster, 1973-1976 (While attending law school)
  • Cahill, Gunhus, Streed, Grinnell, Jeffries & Klinger
    • Associate Attorney, 1976-1979
    • Partner, 1979-1981
  • Cahill & Marquart, P.A.: Shareholder, 1981- 2004 (President, 1994 - 2005)
  • Cahill Law Office, P.A.: Shareholder, 2005 (President)
  • Pearson, Christensen, Cahill & Clapp, PLLP: Partner, June 2005 - January 2006                            
  • Seventh Judicial District of Minnesota - District Judge, February 2006 - Present

Professional Assocations:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association: Board of Governors, 2001-2004
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association: President, 1994-1995; Board of Directors, 1987-1994
  • North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates: Rank of Advocate; Secretary, Minnesota Chapter, 1995-98
  • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Ronald N. Davies Inn of Court, Fargo, North Dakota: Master of the Bench; President, 1998-1999                                       
  • Honorable Order of the Blue Goose, International, Peace Garden Pond, Fargo, North Dakota                                             
  • Minnesota District Judges Association

Certifications, Awards, and Honors:

  • Civil Trial Advocate - National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1987, 1993, 1999
  • Civil Trial Specialist - Minnesota State Bar Association, Civil Trial Certification Council, 1988, 1994, 2000
  • Exceptional Performance Citation - Defense Research Institute, 1995
  • Martindale-Hubbell rating of A-V
  • Selected as a Leading Minnesota Attorney (Super Lawyer) by American Research Corporation, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2005
  • Twenty Five Years of Judicare Service Award, Presented by Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota

Professional Appointments and Committees:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association Court Rules Committee, 1987-91; Chair, 1991
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Uniform Local Rules Task Force, 1990 
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on General Rules of Practice, 1991-2004, 2007-2013
  • Minnesota Board of Professional Responsibility Seventh District Ethics Committee, 1999-2006; Chair, 2004–2006
  • Minnesota District Judges Association, District Administration Committee, Current

Community:

  • Moorhead Knights of Columbus
  • Past memberships and activities:
    • Moorhead Optimists Club
    • Moorhead Jaycees
    • St. Francis de Sales Parish Finance Committee
    • St. Joseph's Cemetery Volunteer Manager, 2000-2006          
    • Fargo Catholic Schools Network (Shanley High School) Advisory Council, 2004-2007