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Judge Michael K. Browne

Hennepin County Courthouse
Fourth Judicial District
(612) 348-2040

Chambers Phone: (612) 543-2472
Reporter: (612) 596-2870 – for transcript requests only
Law Clerk: (612) 543-2472
Judicial Clerk: (612) 543-2471

Fourth Judicial District Judicial Officers

Judge Michael K. Browne


Appointed by Governor Mark Dayton on Sept. 4, 2015. Elected in 2016. Current term expires Jan. 2023.


  • J.D., Hamline University - School of Law - 1999
  • B.A., University of Minnesota – Duluth - 1995 
Past Employment:
  • Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights
    • Director, Office of Police Conduct Review
    • Assistant Director - Complaint Investigations
  • Minnesota Department of Human Rights
    • Legal Affairs Manager
  • Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights
    • Interim Director
    • Director, Outreach and Enforcement
  • Private Practice
  • Fellow, Robert Bosch Foundation, Germany
    • Concentration in Reform and Comparison of Criminal Law and Police Accountability
  • Third Judicial Public Defender’s Office
    • Assistant Public Defender
  • Blackwell Igbanugo Engen & Saffold, PA
    • Associate Attorney
  • Centro Legal, Inc.
    • Staff Attorney 
  • Hennepin County District Court
    • Judicial Clerk for Judge LaJune T. Lange (Ret.)
  • Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office
    • Law Clerk
  • Adjunct Professor/Faculty Mentor, University of St. Thomas, School of Law - 2007-Present
  • Presenter at several numerous continuing legal education seminars and community events
Certificates and Recognitions:
  • National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement - 2015
    • Certified Practitioner of Oversight
  • Human Rights Institute of the Faculty of Law of the Complutense University of Madrid & Helsinki Spain, Madrid, Spain - 2007
    • Expert Training in Conflict Prevention Operations, Crisis Management, Post-Conflict Rehab., Humanitarian Law, Int'l Human Rights Law, Rule of Law & Democracy.
  • Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, MA - 2006
    • Certificate in Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies
  • Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Award, Toastmasters International 2011-2015
  • Resolution, Recognition for Dedicated Service, Minneapolis City Council, 2007
  • Outstanding Service Award, Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights, 2007
  • Most Distinguished New Alumni Award, Hamline University, School of Law, 2006
Professional and Community Activities:
  • Program Mentor, Lead by Example Minneapolis 2014 to Present
  • Board Member, Vice Chair, Chair, Chair of Nominations Committee, Chair of Safety Committee, Jordan Area Community Council (JACC), Minneapolis 2007-2010.
  • Board Member, Twin Cities German-American Immersion School 2003-2004.
  • Assistant Coach with the Hamline Law School Mock Trial Team 1999-2000.
Judicial Assignments:
Family, 2/12/18 - Present
Civil & Criminal, 2/22/16 - 2/11/18
Criminal Division, 9/4/15 - 2/21/16