Senior Judge Roger M. Klaphake
Senior Judge Roger M. Klaphake

Roger M. Klaphake was an associate judge for the Minnesota Court of Appeals. He retired on June 30, 2012.

Appointed and assigned to serve the Court of Appeals as a Senior Judge.

Judge Klaphake represented the appellate court on the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission from May 1994 to March 2001. He chaired the High-Tech, Video Records, Information and Communication, and Administration Committees for the court and was a member of the court’s Internal Rules Committee. Judge Klaphake served as a member of the Supreme Court’s Task Force on Uniform Local Rules and chaired the Supreme Court’s Videotape/CIC Pilot Project Evaluation Committee. He was a founding member and until 1997, served on the Trial Court Information Systems Development Board (TCIS).

Before joining the Court of Appeals, Judge Klaphake was a trial judge for 15 years and an Assistant Chief Judge for the Seventh Judicial District. He has been a faculty presenter for MILE, Minnesota Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Minnesota County Attorney’s Association, Minnesota Association of Probation Officers, and Minnesota Association of Counties, and is an adjunct instructor in criminal justice at St. Cloud State University. Judge Klaphake received his J.D. degree from the University of Minnesota.