David Stras became an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court on July 1, 2010. His current term expires in January 2019. While serving on the court, Justice Stras has served as liaison to the Advisory Committees on the Rules of General Practice, Juvenile Protection Procedure, Adoption Procedure, and Civil Appellate Procedure. He has also served as liaison to the State Law Library, Alternative Dispute Resolution Ethics Board, and the Guardian Ad Litem Board. He is currently the liaison to the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, Client Security Board, and Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board, all of which require him to handle many issues regarding attorney ethics and discipline on behalf of the court.
Prior to his appointment to the court, Justice Stras was a member of the faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School from 2004 through 2010. He taught and wrote in the areas of federal courts and jurisdiction, constitutional law, criminal law, and law and politics. In addition, Stras was co-director of the Institute for Law and Politics at the University of Minnesota. His law review articles have appeared in many academic journals, including the Cornell Law Review, Texas Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Northwestern Law Review, Constitutional Commentary, and the Minnesota Law Review. He has also served as counsel to the law firm of Faegre & Benson LLP in their appellate advocacy group.
Justice Stras received his Bachelor of Arts degree, with highest distinction, in 1995 and his Master of Business Administration in 1999, both from the University of Kansas. He also received his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1999, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Criminal Procedure Edition of the Kansas Law Review. While in law school, Stras achieved a number of academic honors, including election to the Order of the Coif.
Following law school, Stras clerked for The Honorable Melvin Brunetti of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and then for The Honorable J. Michael Luttig of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
From 2001 to 2002, he practiced white-collar criminal and appellate litigation with the Washington, D.C., office of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood. Following his year in practice, he clerked for The Honorable Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States.