Judge Bev Benson

Hennepin County Courthouse
Fourth Judicial District
(612) 348-2040

4thJudgeBensonChambers@courts.state.mn.us
Chambers Phone: (612) 596-1478
Reporter: (612) 596-2870 – for transcript requests only
Law Clerk: (612) 596-1478

Fourth Judicial District Judicial Officers

Judge Bev Benson

Elected:

Elected in 2014, effective Jan. 5, 2015. Current term expires Jan. 2021. 

Education:

J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1985
Graduate Studies, Luther Seminary, 1982
B.A., Augsburg College, cum laude, Political Science, 1981

Employment:

  • Hennepin County Attorney’s Office (Murder, Domestic Abuse, Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, Criminal Vehicular Homicide, and Appellate Specialties), 1989-2015
  • Stearns County Attorney’s Office (Felony, Juvenile, and Misdemeanor Prosecution), 1986–1989
  • Dakota and Hennepin County Attorney's Offices, Law clerk, 1984-1985
  • U.S. Attorney's Office, Legal intern, 1983
  • U.S. Congress and Minnesota Legislature, Intern, 1981
  • State Services for the Blind, 1980–1982

Assignment History:

Criminal, January 2015-Present

Honors:

  • 2015 Henry Toll Fellowship Recipient (Nashville, Tennessee)
  • 2011 Nominee for Hennepin County Administrator’s Award
  • Fatality Review Committee Member, Hennepin County District Court (appointed by Chief Judge Lucy Wieland for 2007-2010)
  • Scholarship Recipient, National College of District Attorneys Conference on Prosecuting Homicides in San Francisco, California (May 2009)
  • Scholarship Recipient, Office of Violence Against Women, National College of District Attorneys Conference on Domestic Violence in Reno, Nevada (November 2005)
  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, “Metro Alliance Student Leadership Mentoring Program Certificate of Appreciation for Contributing Time and Talent as a Mentor” (2001 – 2002)
  • Hennepin County Star Performer, “Exceptional Contributor to the Community Award” (June 1999)
  • Hennepin County Attorney’s Office Nominee for “Exceptional Contributor to the Community Award” (April 1999)
  • League of Women Voters, “Grace Norris Award” (May 2000 and April 1999)
  • Volunteer Service Award, Minnesota Indian Women Resource Center (May 1997)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Distinguished Service Award for Mock Trial Attorney Coach (1990-1992)
  • St. Cloud Human Rights Commission Outstanding Service Award for Women’s Equality Day (August 1986)