Judge Jessica J.W. Maher


Appointed Aug. 7, 2017, by Governor Mark Dayton. Current term expires Jan. 2019.


J.D., University of Minnesota Law School
B.A., Minnesota State University Mankato

Past Employment:

  • Shareholder, Berg, Debele, DeSmidt & Rabuse, P.A.
  • Clinical instructor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • Judicial law clerk, Honorable Gary Crippen, Minnesota Court of Appeals
  • Law clerk, Office of the General Counsel, University of Minnesota

Professional Memberships:

  • Former member, Minnesota Supreme Court Rules of Juvenile Protection Procedure Committee
  • Former Vice Chair, Hennepin County Bar Association Juvenile Section

Professional and Community Activities:

  • McLeod County Children’s Justice Initiative chair, 2017-present
  • First Judicial District Children’s Justice Initiative lead judge, 2018-present
  • Keynote speaker, Minnesota Paralegals Association convention, May 24, 2018
  • Judicial Fellow, Academy of Adoption And Assisted Reproduction Attorneys
  • Founding member, local chapter of a charitable group