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Judge Carolina A. Lamas

Hennepin County Courthouse
Fourth Judicial District
(612) 348-2040
Chambers Phone: (612) 543-1791
Reporter: (612) 596-2870 – for transcript requests only
Law Clerk: (612) 543-1792

Fourth Judicial District Judicial Officers

Judge Carolina A. Lamas


Appointed February 3, 2014, by Governor Mark Dayton. Elected in 2016. Current term expires January 2023.


J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, 2003

B.A., University of Minnesota, 2000


Executive Director/Lead Attorney, Neighborhood Justice Center, 2007-2014

Assistant Public Defender, Ramsey County Office of the Public Defender, 2003-2007

Professional Memberships:

Member, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association

  • President 2007-2008
  • Board of Directors 2004-2009

Member, Hispanic National Bar Association

Member, Minnesota State Bar Association

Member, Ramsey County Bar Association

Member, Minnesota Women Lawyers

Past member, Warren E. Burger Inn of Court

Past member, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Past member, Ramsey County Family Violence Coordinating Council

Community Activities:

Tempo, Minnesota Opera

  • Member, 2004-2014
  • Board of Directors, 2011-2014
  • Executive Committee, 2012-2014

American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota

  • Past member
  • Vice President, 2013
  • Board of Directors 2009 - 2013


  • Treatment Courts, 1/1/17 - present
  • Criminal, 2/2014 - 12/2016

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