Judge Erica H. MacDonald
Appointed/ElectedAppointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty in 2009; Re-elected November 2012. Current term expires January 2019.
 
EducationDePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
Juris Doctor, graduated with top honors, June 1997
3.78 G.P.A. – Ranked in top 5% of class
Order of the Coif
Managing Editor of Lead Articles, DePaul Law Review, 1996-1997
Staff Member, DePaul Law Review, 1995-1996
 
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
Bachelor of Arts, American Studies, May 1989
Concentration: Arts and Letters Program for Administrators
Dean’s List 1986-1989
 
Prior EmploymentAssistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota (2001-2009)
  • Senior Litigation Counsel 2007-2009
  • Point of Contact, Human Trafficking 2006-2009
  • Co-Chair, Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force 2006-2009
  • Chair, USAO Hiring Committee 2007-2009
  • Appellate Brief Editor 2003-2009
Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Harriet Lansing, Minnesota Court of Appeals (2000-2001)
 
Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, Chicago, Illinois (2000)        
 
Associate, Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago, Illinois (1999)
 
Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable James H. Alesia, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois (1997-1999)
 
May Department Stores, St. Louis, Missouri (1989-1994)
  • Buyer, Famous-Barr Department Store (1992-1994)
  • Area Sales Manager, Famous-Barr Department Store (991-1992)
  • Assistant Buyer, Famous-Barr Department Store (1989-1991)

Judicial Committee WorkMinnesota District Judges Foundation, Vice President
Minnesota District Judges Foundation, Judge Handbook Co-Chair
Judicial Trial Skills Faculty Member
State of Minnesota Canvassing Board, 2016
Juvenile Detention Alternatives Executive Committee
Dakota County Court Security Committee, Co-Chair
Minnesota District Judges Association, Board of Directors (2012–2016)
First Judicial District Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (2011-2013)
 
Legal PublicationsContributing Author and Editor, Minnesota District Judges Foundation Judge Handbook (2016)
 
Contributing Author and Editor, Minnesota District Judges Foundation Judge Handbook (2015)
 
Contributing Author and Editor, Minnesota District Judges Foundation Judge Handbook (2014)
 
Contributing Author and Editor, Minnesota District Judges Foundation Judge Handbook (2013)
 
Human Trafficking: What It Is and What Is Being Done To Fight It, 32 With Equal Right 2
(Spring 2009)
 
Victim or Villain?: A Case for Narrowing the Scope of Admissibility of a Victim’s Prior Bad Acts in Illinois, 46 DePaul Law Review 183 (1996)
 
Professional MembershipsWarren E. Burger Inn of Court
Master and Judge Leader 2011-Present
 
Minnesota District Judges Foundation
Vice President
 
Minnesota District Judges Association
Board of Directors 2012-2016
 
Minnesota Women Lawyers
Co-Chair, Committee of Judicial Appointments, 2007-2008
 
Dakota County Bar Association