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Senior Judge Robert A. Blaeser
(retired 2012)


Hennepin County

Appointed/Elected:

Appointed in 1995
Elected in 1996, 2002 and 2008.

Retired Oct. 12, 2012.

Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from July 9, 2013, to June 30, 2015.

Education:

J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 1979
B.A., summa cum laude, Concordia College, Moorhead, 1976

Employment:

Private practice, 1979-95

Professional Memberships:

  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Governing Counsel, 1991-1997
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Board of Governors, 1991-1997
  • Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce, 1990-1994
  • Minnesota American Indian Bar Association, present member, former officer and director, 1987-1995
  • Commercial Law League, 1980-1989
  • American Bar Association, 1979-present
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, 1979-1995
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, 1979-1995

Additional Information:

Judge Blaesar is an Anishinaabe from the White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota and the first Native American Indian judge appointed in the metro area in Minnesota. Blaeser is nationally known for his expertise on racial bias in the justice system and the Indian Child Welfare Act. Judges around the country use him as a resource and for conducting training sessions. He has written numerous articles, given seminars and presentations on topics including racial bias, the Indian Child Welfare Act, domestic abuse, truancy and the concept of family conferencing. In the year 2000, Mpls/St. Paul magazine named Blaeser to their list of “One Hundred People To Watch."

Assignment History

  • Civil & Criminal, 1/2003-2012
  • Juvenile, 1/1997-12/2002, Presiding Judge 8/2000 to 12/2002
  • Criminal, 8/1995-12/1996

Community Memberships

  • Minnesota Chippewa Tribe/White Earth Band
  • C-400 Club, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota

Judicial Activities

  • State Board of Public Defense Ad Hoc Selection Committee for the Fourth Judicial District, 1996
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Search Committee, Director of Lawyers Professional Responsibility and Client Security Boards, 1996
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Foster Care Task Force, 1996
  • Steering Committee, Future of Minnesota District Courts, 1996
  • Associate Judge, Minnesota Chippewa Tribal Court of Appeals, 1994-1995
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Implementation Committee on Multi-cultural Diversity and Racial Fairness in the Courts, 1993-1995
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force/Racial Bias in the Courts, 1991-1993
  • Hennepin County Bar Association Executive Director Search Committee, 1996
  • Steering Committee, Police Community Relations Committee of the Supreme Court, 1996-1997
  • Minnesota State Mortality Review Panel, 1998
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Judicial Education Advisory Committee, 1996-2012
  • Minnesota Tribal State Court Committee, 1997-2012
  • Fourth Judicial District Executive Committee, 1997-2012
  • Minnesota Minority Lawyers Association, 1990-1996