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Senior Judge James A. Morrow
(retired 2006)


Anoka County

Appointed/Elected:

Appointed by Governor Rudy Perpich in 1983. Elected in 1984, 1990, 1996, and 2002. Retired on August 2, 2006.

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

Education:

· William Mitchell College of Law, Magna Cum Laude (J.D. 1978)
· University of Minnesota (B.A. 1972)

Employment Background:

· Judge, Anoka County District Court (Feb. 1983 - Aug. 2, 2006)
· Adjunct Law Professor (1980 – present)
· Assistant United States Attorney, District of Minnesota (Aug 1978 - Feb 1983)
· Law Clerk for Hennepin County District Judge Douglas K. Amdahl, former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court (July 1976 - July 1978) 
· Research Analyst, Minnesota House of Representatives (Dec 1972 - June 1976)
· Chemical Dependency Counselor, Hastings State Hospital (Dec 1970 - Dec 1972)

Bar Admissions:

· Minnesota Supreme Court (1978)
· Federal District Court, District of Minnesota (1978)
· Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (1978)

Judicial Activities/Honors:

· Co-Founder and Chair, The Minnesota Judicial College (school for experienced trial judges) (1989 - present).  Also serves as Evidence Instructor 
· Instructor - Minnesota New Judges School – Evidence & Effective Courtroom Management (1991 – present)
· Member, Minnesota Judge’s Criminal Benchbook Committee (1987 – present)
· Selected 1999 Trial Judge of the Year - Minnesota Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates
· Elected to The International Academy of Trial Judges (2000) 
· Selected as a 2002 Trial Judge of the Year by the Minnesota Judges Association

Teaching and Related Law School Activities:

· National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada.  Adjunct Professor - Teaching evidence, evidence workshop & judicial decision making courses to new judges (2001 – present)
· Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law and Director of the Weekend Trial Skills Program, Teaching Evidence and Trial Advocacy at Hamline University School of Law (2003 – present)
· William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN - Taught Evidence, District Court Externship, Criminal Law, Advanced Trial Advocacy, Trial Advocacy, Adult Learning Theory Seminar (1980 – 2003)
· Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, MN - Taught Essential Teaching Skills for Law School (Aug 2004)
· University of Minnesota Law School - Judicial Training Skills Program
· University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.  Evidence presentation to Moldovan legal educators. (2003)
· Minnesota Continuing Legal Education - Evidence & Trial Advocacy Instructor, law firms including Fish & Richardson, Faegre, Lindquist, Oppenheimer, [Popham] and Robins (1989 – present) 
· National Conference of Administrative Law Judges, Evidence Instructor (2002)
· Chair, M.I.L.E. Evidence Seminar for Attorneys and Judges, Chair (1989 – 2001)
· National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Team Leader (1992 – present)

Professional Organizations:

· Past President and original member, Warren E. Burger Inn of Court, St. Paul, MN
· Past President and Board Member, William Mitchell College of Law Alumni Association
· Past-Secretary of the MSBA, Civil Litigation Section, Governing Council
· Former Board Member, Minnesota Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Group
· Former Chair-Elect of Minnesota State Bar Young Lawyers Section
· Former Volunteer Legal Aid Attorney

Community Organizations:

· Mock Trial Coach - Meadow Creek H. S. (1996 – present); State Champions 2000, 2001 and 2004; 3rd place at National Championship 2004
· Volunteer Trial Judge for Futures in Learning Law Program – William Mitchell College of Law (2002 – 2004)
· Volunteer Judge for the National College Mock Trial Tournament (1997 – present)
· Mentor – William Mitchell Mentoring Program (1998 – present)
· Mentor – St. Thomas University Law School Mentoring Program (2004)
· Volunteer trial/appellate judge - William Mitchell College of Law (1982 – 2003)
· Volunteer trial/appellate judge – Hamline University Law School (1990 – present)
· Habitat for Humanity Volunteer – renovation of homes for the poor
· Minnesota Adopt-A-Highway Program (1999 – present)
· Anoka County DWI Repeat Offender Task Force
· Former member, Ad Hoc Committee to establish a personal counseling program at William Mitchell College of Law

Published Materials:

· James A. Morrow, Peter N. Thompson, and Alfred C. Holden, Weighing Spreigl Evidence: In Search of a Standard, BENCH & BAR OF MINNESOTA, Nov. 2003, at 23-26.