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Judge Profile:

Judge Christine A. Long


Rice County

Rice County Courthouse
Phone: (507) 332-6107

Appointed/Elected:

Appointed June 2010, by Governor Tim Pawlenty. Elected in 2012. Term expires Jan. 2019.

Education:

B.A. - Luther College (Decorah, Iowa)

  • Cum Laude, 1988
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Dean’s List

J.D. - University of Minnesota Law School

  • Juris Doctor, 1991
  • Dean’s List

Employment:

Assistant Steele County Attorney, Aug. 1991 – June 2010

Ruth, Schreiner & Long, Associate, Aug. 1991 - 1994

  • Partner, Feb. 1994 - Dec. 1999

Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, Law Clerk, May 1990 - June 1991

Professional Education Group, Intern, May 1989 - May 1990

Professional Memberships:

Minnesota State Bar Association: 1991 – present

Steele County Bar Association: 1991 – 2010

  • Secretary/Treasurer, 1997 – 1998
  • Vice President, 1998 - 1999  
  • President, 1999 - 2000 

Rice County Bar Association: 2010 - present

Minnesota District Judges Association: 2010 – present

Owatonna Business and Professional Women, member, 2008 - present

  • Woman of Achievement Award finalist, 2008

Minnesota Family Support and Recovery Association, past member

Minnesota Women Lawyers, past member

American Bar Association, past member

Professional Activities:

Steele County Child Protection Team: 1991 – 2010

Minnesota County Attorneys Association, Juvenile Law Committee: 1993 - 2010

Steele County Children’s Justice Initiative Committee: 2004 – 2010

Lead Judge, Rice County Children’s Justice Initiative: 2010 – present

Steele County Safe and Drug Free Communities Coalition, Public Policy Chairperson, 2010

Minnesota Gambling Control Board, Governor-appointee, 2008 – 2010

Steele County Medical Reserve Corps Advisory Committee, 2005 - 2007

Mock Trial, 1992 – 2008

  • Assistant coach
  • Regional competition judge
  • Owatonna Invitational judge

Lecturing and Teaching Experience:

MCAA Advanced Termination of Parental Rights Trial Skills Course, April 2008

Parent Provider Connection GROW conference: Mandated Child Protection Reporting, April 2006, Oct. 2007, Oct. 2009

Child Protection Seminar, MCAA conference: “The CHIPS Trial,” April 2003

MCAA seminar at MSBA Annual Conference: “Divided Loyalties,” June 2002

Concurrent Permanency Planning, Minnesota Department of Human Services Child Welfare Training System, various Minnesota locations, 1999 - 2000

Handling CHIPS Cases, MCAA/DHS conference: “The County Attorney-Social Worker Team,” April 1999

Advocacy Training, Steele County Crisis Resource Center, 1993 - 1996, 2002, 2004, 2009 - 2010

Community Activities:

Owatonna Public Schools classroom volunteer, 2003 - present

Wee Pals Childcare Center Board of Directors, 2003 - 2007

  • Secretary, 2004 - 2006
  • President, 2006 - 2007

Leadership Owatonna

  • Participant, 2001 - 2002
  • Steering Committee, 2002 - 2004 (Chairperson, 2003 - 2004)
  • Advisory Committee, 2003 - 2007

Steele County Food Shelf Board of Directors, 1996 - 2000

ELCA Southeast Minnesota Synod delegate to the Minnesota Council of Churches Commission on Life and Work, 1995 - 1997

Crossroads of Owatonna (youth shelter)

  • Advisory Board, 1991 - 1997
  • Chairperson, 1994 - 1997

Little Theater of Owatonna, cast member and stage crew, 1991 - 2010

Trinity Lutheran Church; volunteer, choir member, and former council member; 1991 - 2010