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Judge Diane M. Hanson

Scott County

Scott County Courthouse
Phone: (952) 496-8200


Appointment announced March 9, 2004, by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Elected in 2006 and 2012. Current term expires January 2019.


University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1991); Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Mich. (B.A. 1973)

Employment Background:

Judge, 1st Judicial District (2004-present); assistant Scott County attorney (1996-2004); assistant Morrison County attorney (1992-96); volunteer attorney, City of St. Paul (1991-92); flight attendant, Northwest Airlines (1977-92)

Professional Memberships:

American Bar Association; Minnesota State Bar Association; Minnesota Sex Crimes Investigators Association; Minnesota Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers; Scott County Community Notification Team; chair, Scott County Attorney’s office Diversity Committee, (1998-2002)

Professional Activities:

University of Minnesota Law School’s Judicial Skills Training Program for Newly Appointed Judges; trains local law enforcement agencies on the investigation of sexual assault and sexual abuse cases