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Judge Laura Nelson


Appointed by Governor Mark Dayton on June 1, 2016. Elected in 2018. Current term expires Jan. 2025.


  • J.D., University of Minnesota. 
  • B.A., University of Redlands, Johnston Center 

Past Employment:

  • Attorney, Robins Kaplan, LLP
  • Staff attorney, The Advocates for Human Rights
  • Judicial law clerk, Honorable Kathryn L. Quaintance, Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District. 

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Secretary, Minnesota Lavender Bar Association
  • Member, Bench & Bar Benefit Committee, Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Former board member, Hennepin County Domestic Fatality Review Board
  • Former volunteer mock trial coach, University of St. Thomas Law School