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Judge Renee L. Worke

Court of Appeals

Chambers Phone: 651-297-1011


Appointed 2005 to the Minnesota Court of Appeals; elected 2006 and 2012.  Appointed 1996 to the Waseca County District Court; elected 1998; re-elected 2004.

Appellate Court Service:

  • Specialty court development – Veterans Treatment Court
  • Legislative Advisory Workgroup
  • Strategic Planning Workgroup
  • Electronic reader pilot
  • Security committee
  • Children's Justice Initiative, Appellate Lead Judge

District Court Service:

  • Vice Chair, Conference of Chief Judges, elected July 2003
  • Chief Judge, Third Judicial District, elected December 2002, re-elected June 2003
  • Assistant Chief Judge, Third Judicial District, elected 2001
  • Member of Transformation Workgroup (responsible for recommending a leadership, management structure for the unified Judicial Branch), February 2004-present
  • Member of Special Legislative Redistricting Panel, 2001-2002
  • Lead Judge, Children’s Justice Initiative, 2002-present
  • Member of Child Protection Rules Committee, 2001-2004


  • Minnesota State University, Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, 2010
  • Ann Bancroft Foundation, Women Leader Award, 2008
  • Woman of Achievement, Owatonna Business & Professional Women’s Organization, 2003
  • Recipient of the Rosalie E. Wahl Judicial Award of Excellence, Minnesota State Bar Association, May 2002

Employment Background:

  • Partner of Rietz, Rietz, Rietz & Worke, Owatonna, MN (1984-1996)
  • Contract Assistant Public Defender, Third Judicial District (1984-1996)
  • Contract Administrative Law Judge, Child Support Division, Office of Administrative Hearings (1994-1996)
  • Law Clerk for District Court Judge Urban J. Steimann, Faribault, MN (1983-1984)


  • 2006-2007 Humphrey Institute Policy Fellow, University of Minnesota
  • 2003  Institute for Faculty Excellence in Judicial Education, University of Memphis
  • 1983  JD, William Mitchell College of Law
  • 1980  BS, Magna Cum Laude, Minnesota State University – Mankato

Current Professional and Community Activities:

  • National Association of Women Judges, District 10 Director
  • Minnesota District Judges Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Donald D. Eustice Law Enforcement Scholarship Board
  • University of Minnesota Extension Steering Committee
  • Steele County Agricultural Society
  • Mock Trial Judge