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Judge Tanya M. Bransford


Hennepin County

Hennepin County Courthouse
Phone: (612)348-2040

Chambers Phone: 612-348-3778

Chambers Email: Email Chambers Staff

Appointed/Elected:

Appointed in 1994
Elected in 1996, 2002 and 2008.

Her current term expires in January 2015.

Awards

  • Hennepin County Administrator's Award, Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), 2012
  • Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation, Champions of Change Award, 2010
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation Award, 2009
  • North St. Paul High School, Distinguished Alumni, 2005
  • Hamline University School of Law, Outstanding Alumni Award, 2000
  • Hennepin County Star Performer Award, 1998
  • Minnesota Minority Lawyer's Association, Service to the MMLA Award, 1994

Education:

J.D., Hamline University School of Law, 1983
B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College, 1980

Employment:

Referee, Hennepin County District Court, Juvenile Division, 1990
Workers’ Compensation Judge, Office of Administrative Hearings, 1987
Associate Attorney, Spicer, Watson & Carp law firm, 1983

Professional Memberships:

  • Committee for Equality and Justice, Co-Chair and Founding Member, 2011-present
  • Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, Hennepin County, Co-Chair 2005-2010, Member, 2010-present
  • University of Minnesota, Judicial Skills Program, 2001-present
  • National Consortium of Racial and Ethnic Bias Task Force, Board of Directors, 2011-present
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Racial Fairness Committee, Vice Chair 2006-2011, Member 1993-2006
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Juvenile Delinquency Rules Committee, 2008-2010
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Committee on the Rules on Judicial Standards, 2007-2008
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Continuing Legal Education Board, 2000-2006 
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Task Force on the Guardian Ad Litem System, 1995-1996
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, 1983-present, Civil Litigation Section Council, 2010-present
  • American Bar Association, 2011-present
  • National Bar Association, 1994-present
  • Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, 1995-present
  • Minnesota Black Women Lawyers Network, 2001-present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, 1983-present
  • Equal Justice Committee - Fourth Judicial District, 1995-present, Co-Chair 1995-2009
  • Fourth Judicial District Executive Committee, 2004-2008
  • Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, 2004-2008
  • Hennepin County Board/Bench Joint Committee on Community Corrections, 2004-2008
  • Hamline University School of Law - Board of Advisors, 1999-2005
  • Minnesota Judicial College - Juvenile Law Faculty, 1994-2002
  • National Association of Women Judges,  1987-2008
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, 1990-2005
  • Minnesota Minority Lawyers Association, 1982-1998
  • National Conference of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, 1990-2000
  • Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, 1991-1993

 

Additional Information

Biography

Tanya M. Bransford has served as a District Court Judge in Hennepin County District Court since 1994. She currently manages a block of 175 civil, felony drug and property cases and has worked as the presiding Juvenile Court Judge. Prior to her appointment, Judge Bransford was a District Court Referee for Hennepin County’s Juvenile Division, and also served as a Workers’ Compensation Judge with the Office of Administrative Hearings. Judge Bransford is the co-chair and founding member of the Supreme Court’s Committee for Equality and Justice and is also a founding member of Youthprise.

Assignment History

  • Civil & Criminal, 2009-Present
  • Juvenile, 7/2003-2009
  • Civil & Criminal, 1/2000-6/2003
  • Criminal, 5/1998-12/1999
  • Civil & Criminal, 5/1997-4/1998
  • Criminal, 1/1997-4/1997
  • Juvenile, 6/1995-12/1996
  • Criminal, 7/1994-5/1995

Judicial Activities

  • Lead Judge - Brookdale Team, 2010-2011
  • Presiding Judge, Juvenile Division, Spring 2006-Oct. 2008
  • Co-Chair of the Hennepin County Equal Justice Committee, 1995-2009

 

Community Activities

  • Youthprise, Founding Board Member (an organization designed to accelerate youth leadership beyond the classroom), 2010-present
  • Jack and Jill of America, Minneapolis Chapter, 2000-present
  • Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, 2005-present
  • Osumare Book Club, 1991-present

Former Community Involvement

  • Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board
  • The Links, Incorporated, Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter
  • The St. Paul Foundation
  • Minneapolis YWCA
  • Action for Children
  • Institute of Black Chemical Abuse
  • Augburg College
  • Stairstep Foundation
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • Rance Majestic Choir