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Assistant Chief Judge Jana M. Austad


Appointed June 14, 2013, by Governor Mark Dayton. Elected in 2014. Current term expires Jan. 2021.


J.D., William Mitchell College of Law

B.A., Augsburg College


Managing attorney, Brainerd Regional Office of the Minnesota Public Defender

Attorney; Kief, Fuller, Baer and Wallner, Ltd.

Professional and Community Activities:

Volunteer, Lord of Life Lutheran Church (including the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen)

Former board member, Perry Creek Preschool