Judge Sharon Grewell Benson


Appointed Sept. 6, 2016, by Governor Mark Dayton. Elected in 2018. Current term expires Jan. 2025.


  • Juris Doctor, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1988
  • Bachelor of Arts, with majors in Political Science and International Relations, and minor in Foreign Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1985


  • Member, Benson Law Office, LLC
  • Assistant Public Defender, Seventh Judicial District
  • Managing Attorney, Central Minnesota Legal Services
  • Staff Attorney, Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance at East Central Legal Services and St. Cloud Area Legal Services

Professional Memberships:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)
  • Stearns/Benton Bar Association
  • Former Fee Arbitration chair, 18th District Bar Association
  • MSBA House of Delegates, 1991 - 2002
  • Alternate member, MSBA Board of Governors, 1993 - 1994
  • Board of Directors, Minnesota State Bar Foundation, 1994 - 2004
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Supreme Court Juvenile Delinquency Rules Committee, 2002-2005
  • Supreme Court Juvenile Protection Rules Committee, Jan. 2008 - present
  • Qualified Child Protection Parent Attorney
  • Certified as a specialist in criminal law by the MSBA

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Certified in Mental Health First Aid, 2016
  • Stearns County Veterans Protocol
  • Stearns County Veterans Services and Mental Health Concerns Committee
  • Juvenile Justice Coalition of Minnesota
  • Stearns County Children’s Justice Initiative Board
  • Stearns County Family Dependency Treatment Court planning, steering, and operating committees
  • Board of Directors, Central Minnesota Housing Partnership
  • Independent School District 742 Community Relations Task Force
  • Member, school district parent legislative action team
  • Knowledge Bowl and Academic Triathlon Parent Coach
  • Explore Books Parent Volunteer
  • Great River Education Arts Theater board of directors
  • Advisory Council of Tri-County Action Programs Family Planning Center
  • Central Minnesota Task Force on Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention
  • Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Chisago County advisory committee
  • Chisago County Family Resource Center Information and Referral HELPLINE advisory committee