Appointed by Governor Mark Dayton on Sept. 8, 2014. Elected in 2016. Current term expires Jan. 2023.
Judge Caligiuri received her law degree magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, and holds a B.A. in Soviet Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she was Phi Beta Kappa.
Before her appointment to the bench, Judge Caligiuri was a Senior Assistant Hennepin County Attorney and supervisor of the office’s Drug Team. As a prosecutor, she tried primarily violent crime and drug cases, including a number of gang-related homicides. Prior to joining the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, Judge Caligiuri was a Deputy Attorney General, overseeing the Civil Litigation, Torts and Employment Law, Medicaid Fraud, and Tax Litigation divisions within the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. She also managed the AGO’s Criminal Trial Division. Just after law school, Judge Caligiuri served as a law clerk to the Hon. Marianne D. Short on the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Professional and Community Activities:
Judge Caligiuri is a member of the Minnesota State and Hennepin County bar associations. While working as a prosecutor, she was a frequent lecturer for the Minnesota County Attorneys Association, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and other state and federal agencies. She served as a liaison to the Second Precinct Court Watch. Judge Caligiuri was a voting member of the Minnesota Violent Crime Coordinating Council and its predecessor statewide councils, and was a member of the Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court. She has served her children’s AMI Montessori school as a member of its Board of Trustees, and volunteered for the Everybody Wins! reading program. Judge Caligiuri has been a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church since 1977. She currently spends her free time driving her two children around to soccer, violin, guitar, dance, and karate.