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Judge Mark S. Wernick


Hennepin County

Hennepin County Courthouse
Phone: (612)348-2040

Chambers Phone: 612-596-9201

Chambers Email: Email Chambers Staff

Appointed/Elected:

Appointed in 2002. Elected in 2004 and 2010. His current term expires in January 2017.

Education:

J.D., Drake University of Law, 1975, Order of the Coif
B.A., University of Minnesota, 1972

Employment:

  • Wernick Law Office, 1987
  • Mauzy & Wernick, 1985
  • Wernick Law Office, 1977
  • Assistant Hennepin County Public Defender, 1975

Professional Memberships:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota District Judges Association

Positions Held in Professional Associations

  • President, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2000
  • Chair, Criminal Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Association, 1996-97
  • Co-chair, Criminal Law Section, Hennepin County Bar Association, 1991-93

Additional Information:

Assignment History

  • Felony and Misdemeanor Block, 9/2010 – Present
  • Presiding Judge, Criminal Division, 7/2008-6/2012
  • Felony Block, 1/2007-6/2008
  • Civil Block and Criminal, 1/2006-12/2006
  • Family, 1/2004-12/2005
  • Criminal, 11/2002-12/2003

Fourth Judicial District Court Bench Committees

  • Executive Committee
  • Criminal Law Committee
  • Equal Justice Committee

CLE Lecturer

  • "'Not for the Faint of Heart,"  Managing the Complex Criminal Case -- Scheduling Conferences and Case Management Orders  2013 SCAO Judicial Education, Minnesota District Judges Association, Hamline Law School
  • "Avoiding Reversible Error When Taking Guilty Pleas," 2011 Annual Conference of Judges
  • “Post-Conviction Relief after Padilla,” 2011 Minnesota District Judge Association
  •  "Padilla v. Kentucky - Retroactivity," 2011 Upper Midwest Conference American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • “Judicial Role in Plea Bargaining,” 2010 Criminal Justice Institute
  • “2010 Calendaring Pilot in Hennepin County District Court,” 2010 Suburban Prosecutors’ Association
  • “Sentencing Multiple Counts,” State Court Administrator’s Office, Disposition & Sentencing Education Program, 2010
  • “Judicial Role in Plea Bargaining,” 2009 Suburban Prosecutors’ Association
  • “Bail and Public Safety,” 2008 Fourth Judicial District Court Bench Meeting
  • “Judicial Role in Plea Bargaining,” 2007 Minnesota Judicial College  
  • "The Minnesota Supreme Court Jury Task Force; Best Practices for Voir Dire Are Coming," MACDL, 2001
  • "Joinder and Severance of Offenses and Defendants," MSBA Criminal Law Section, 2001
  • "Living With the New Final Argument Rule," State Public Defender Conference, 2000
  • "Preparing to Win: Developing Your Theory and Use of Themes," Law and Politics CLE, 1999
  • Course Chair - "Criminal Cases, The Basics From In-house Investigation To Closing Arguments," MILE, 1998
  • "State Discovery Dilemmas," MACDL, 1997
  • "How To Examine Witnesses Effectively," MSBA-CLE, 1997
  • "In Defense Of White Collar Criminal Cases," MSBA-Criminal Justice Institute, 1995
  • "Televising Trials: The Search For Truth Or The Courtroom Is A Stage?" MILE, 1995
  • "Brainstorming For Themes and Theories of Defense in Federal Criminal Cases," Federal Defender Seminar, 1993
  • "Discovery in Complex Criminal Cases," MSBA Criminal Justice Institute, 1992
  • "Legal Fees, Money Laundering and Forfeiture," MILE, 1992
  • "Money Laundering and Forfeiture," MSBA Criminal Justice Institute, 1991
  • "Bail and Pretrial Detention Issues," MSBA Criminal Justice Institute, 1987
  • "DWI Update," MSBA Criminal Justice Institute, 1986
  • "Recent Cases - Search and Seizure," MSBA Criminal Justice Institute, 1985
  • "Immigration Consequences in Criminal Law," American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1985

Community Activities

  • Board of Directors, Council on Crime and Justice, 2011 - present
  • Board of Directors, Sabathani Community Center, Inc., 1985-2010
  • Page Foundation Mentor, 2003-2005
  • MSBA "Everybody Wins" Elementary School Reading Program, 2003-2005
  • Board of Directors, Legal Rights Center, Inc., 1994-2002
  • Chair, Minneapolis Police Civilian Review Working Committee, 1989