Chief Judge Paul T. Benshoof
Appointed/Elected:

Appointed April 4, 1997, by Governor Arne Carlson.  Elected in 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2016.  Current term expires Jan. 2023.


Education:

University of Minnesota Law School (J.D. cum laude 1978); Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota (B.A. magna cum laude with distinction 1974).


Employment:

Judge - Ninth Judicial District (Beltrami County), 1997 - present

  • Chief Judge:  July 1, 2015 - present
  • Assistant Chief Judge: July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2015

Attorney - Benshoof & Klein, P.A., Bemidji, Minnesota (1978-97)


Professional Activities:

Lead Judge, Beltrami County Children’s Justice Initiative: 2004 - present

Development of Beltrami County’s Domestic Violence Court: 2013 - present

Attendee, Enhancing Skills in Domestic Violence Cases Workshop, National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence, San Francisco, California (Sponsored by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and Futures Without Violence): April 13-18, 2013

Facilitator, Enhancing Skills in Domestic Violence Cases Workshop, National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence, Santa Fe, New Mexico:  December 7 – 11, 2013

Facilitator, Enhancing Skills in Domestic Violence Cases Workshop, National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence, Santa Fe, New Mexico: December 5 – 10, 2014

Judicial Leadership Summit on Domestic Violence, Palm Springs, California (Sponsored by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges):  June 8 – 10, 2016

Presenter on hearing impairment in the courtroom at:

  • Minnesota State Judicial System webinar, November 2016
  • Minnesota Association of Court Management, October 2016
  • Minnesota Association of Verbatim Reporters and Captioners, September 2012
  • Minnesota District Judges Association Annual Conference, September 2012

Board Member, Minnesota District Judges Association: 2008-2010

Member, Supreme Court Sentencing Forms Subcommittee (2004)

Member, Supreme Court Parental Cooperation Task Force (1998)

Minnesota State Board of Public Defense (Vice-chair 1992-97, Member 1988-97)


Community Activities:

Founding Board Member, Boys and Girls Club of Bemidji (2003-2008).

Bemidji Area Public Library Foundation (Chair and President 1989-93)

Assistant Church Youth Director (1982-85)

Board Member, Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce (1982-84)

Assistant Scoutmaster (1978-82)

President, Beltrami County Humane Society (1978-80)