Appointed as District Court Judge on July 1, 1989. Elected 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2008.
Retired Aug. 30, 2013.
Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from Sept. 9, 2013, to June 30, 2015.
B.A., Magna cum Laude, College of St. Thomas, 1970
J.D., cum Laude, University of Minnesota, 1973
Attorney- Private Practice, South St. Paul, 1973-1989
Chief Judge- First Judicial District, July 2009-July 2013
Assistant Chief Judge- First Judicial District, July 2005-June 2009
Chief Judge- First Judicial District, July 1993-June 1997
Minnesota Conference of Chief Judges, 1993-1997
Member of Minnesota Courts' Strategic Planning Committee, 1995-1996
Chair of Minnesota Courts' Strategic Plan Implementation Committee, July 1997-June 2000
Minnesota Courts' Intercourt Committee, June 2000-July 2005
Chair- Minnesota Courts' Public Trust and Confidence Committee May 1999-December 2005
Minnesota Courts' Transformation Workgroup, 2004
Co-Chair- Judiciary Subcommittee of Minnesota State Bar Association's Pro Se Implementation Committee January 2000-July 2002
Co-chair/chair- Minnesota Courts' Legislative Advisory Workgroup, 2000-2006
Minnesota Conference of Chief Judges' Pro Se Issues Committee, 1996
Minnesota Conference of Chief Judges' Pro Se Implementation Committee 1997
Minnesota Probation Standards Task Force 1993 and 1994.
Additional Professional Experience:
Member of Working Group on Criminal Justice System Efficiency created by Minnesota Legislature, 2002.
Past faculty for Minnesota Courts' New Judge Orientation.
Presenter at various conferences on topics related to the justice system, including: pro se litigation, community outreach, customer service in the courts, and cooperation and collaboration in the criminal justice system.
Awards and Honors:
Minnesota District Judges' Association "Distinguished Service Award," 1997