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Senior Judge Kathryn N. Smith
(retired 2013)

Kandiyohi County


Appointed May 5, 1997, by Governor Arne Carlson.  Elected in 1998, 2004, and 2010. 

Retired June 3, 2013.

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


J.D., magna cum laude, William Mitchell College of Law, 1992
M.S., University of Iowa, 1976
B.S., Iowa State University, 1972
M.T. (Medical Technologist), University of Nebraska, 1972


Attorney- Schmidt, Thompson, Johnson & Moody, 1992-1997

Instructor (Physical Science and Chemistry)- Willmar Community College

Supervisor- Fresno Community Hospital Microbiology and Immunology Laboratories, California

Professional Memberships:

Minnesota State Bar Association
President- Twelfth District Bar Association, 1997
President- Kandiyohi County Bar Association, 1996

Professional Activities:

Executive Board- Kandiyohi County Community Corrections, 1997- present

Minnesota District Judges Association;
Member- Program and Education Committee, 1999-2008
Chair- Program and Education Committee, 2003-2008
Member- Judicial Development Committee, 2000-2005

Minnesota District Judges Foundation;
Member- Board of Directors, 2008-present
Chair- Program and Education Committee, 2008-present

Chair- Juvenile Delinquency Rules Committee, 2001-2007

Racial Fairness Committee, 2008-2013;
Chair- Data Collection and Analysis Subcommittee, 2009-2013
Committee for Equality and Justice Workgroup, 2010

Lead Judge- Kandiyohi County Children's Justice Initiative Team, 2002-2013

Member- Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, 2004-2013;
Member- Disproportionate Minority Contact Subcommittee, 2005-2013
Co-Chair, Disproportionate Minority Contact Subcommittee, 2006-2013

Member- Crime Victim and Witness Advisory Council, 1998-2001

Community Activities:

Board of Directors- Kandiyohi County Family YMCA, 2004-2010

YMCA Mentor Committee (2004-present);
Chair- 2004-2010

Willmar Lakes Rotary Club, 2006-present

Rotary Reader volunteer in elementary schools, 2007-present

Meals on Wheels volunteer