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Judge Alan Pendleton


Anoka County

Anoka County Courthouse
Phone: (763) 422-7440

Appointed/Elected:

Appointed September 14, 1999, by Governor Jesse Ventura. Elected in 2002 and 2008. His current term expires in January 2015.

Personal:

Born December 8, 1954. Kansas City, Missouri.
Married, with children; Spouse - Kimberly (Fine Arts Dealer)

Education:

  • Drake University Law School (J.D. cum laude, 1980); Drake Law Review
  • Bemidji State University (B.S. cum laude, 1977); Swimming National All American
  • Duluth East High School, 1973

Employment Background:

  • Assistant County Attorney, Anoka County Attorney's Office (1984-86 and 1989-99)
  • Schwebel, Goetz & Sieben, Minneapolis (1987-88)
  • Robins, Zelle, Larson & Kaplan, Minneapolis (1986-87)
  • Assistant County Attorney, Winona County Attorney's Office (1982-84)
  • Metropolitan Legal Clinic, Minneapolis (1980-82)

Teaching:

  • Adjunct Professor, Century College, White Bear Lake (1996-97)
  • Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul (1995-98)
  • Adjunct Professor, North Hennepin Community College (1990-92)
  • Faculty Member, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (1997-99)
  • P.O.S.T Certified Police and Investigator Trainer (1989-99)
  • Lectured extensively on topics ranging from State and Constitutional Law, Warrantless Motor Vehicle Searches and Search Warrants, Trial Advocacy, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Courtroom Technology and Law Enforcement practices and procedures
  • Programs presented on behalf of:
    • Urban County Attorneys Association
    • William Mitchell College of Law
    • University of St. Thomas
    • Minnesota Chiropractic Association
    • Hennepin County Bar Association
    • Anoka Hennepin Technical College
    • Brooklyn Center Police Department
    • National Judicial College (NJC)
    • St. Cloud University
    • Anoka County Corrections Department (Jail)
    • Anoka County Department of Court Services (Probation)
    • Anoka County Court Administration
    • Tri-County Youth and Family Partnership, Inc.
    • MN District Judges Association (MDJA)
    • MN State Bar Association (MSBA)
    • National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)
    • MN Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
    • MN Institute of Legal Education (MILE)
    • MN County Attorneys Association (MCAA)
    • Anoka County law enforcement agencies
    • Mankato and Bloomington Police Departments
    • Wright County Sheriffs Department
    • Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA)
    • MN Sex Crimes Investigator Association
    • MN Chiefs of Police Association
    • Anti-Vehicle Crime Association
    • MN Department of Public Safety
    • MN State Highway Patrol
    • University of MN Law School

Professional Activities and Memberships:

  • Task Force on Attorney Mobility, Minnesota State Bar Assoc. (1988)
  • Chairperson, Anoka County Child Sex Abuse Committee (1984-86)
  • Education Committee, Minnesota County Attorneys Association (1992-94)
  • Criminal Investigator Certification Committee, MN Bureau of Criminal Investigation (1988)
  • Peace Officer Training Committee, Minnesota County Attorneys Association (1989-99)
  • Sherburne County Law Library Committee (2002-present)
  • Vice-chair, Minnesota State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section (1999-2000)
  • Treasurer, Minnesota State Bar Association, Criminal Law Section (1998-99)
  • Media Spokesperson, "Criminal Law Expert," Minnesota State Bar Association Legal Directory for Reporters (1993-96)
  • Ethics Investigator, 21st District Ethics Committee (1989-95)
  • Chairperson, 21st District Ethics Committee (1997-99)
  • Sherburne County Court Security Committee (2000-01)
  • Tenth Judicial District Security Committee (2000-01)
  • Tenth Judicial District Judicial Resource Committee (2000-04)
  • Administrative Judge Sherburne County (2000-02)
  • Tenth Judicial District Administration Committee (2001-04)
  • Lead Judge Children’s Justice Institute (CJI) (2002-04)
  • MN Criminal Jury Instructions Committee (2001-04)
  • MN Judges Bench Book Committee (2001-04)
  • Court Room Technology: Judge Pendleton designed and helped implement the MN Judicial Branch's first fully integrated, state of the art, electronic courtroom, located in Sherburne County, opened to the public May 7, 2002. The judge conducts regular community and school educational tours of the e-courtroom.

Past and Present Professional Organizations:

  • Minnesota District Judges Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)
  • Anoka County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Minnesota County Attorneys Association
  • National District Attorneys Association
  • National College of District Attorneys Alumni

Published Materials:

  • Author, Motor Vehicle Stops: A Four Step Analysis Every Attorney Should Know, Cover Story, Bench & Bar: Official Publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association (Sept. 2012)
  • Author, Minnesota Handbook On Motor Vehicles: Stops, Warrantless Searches, Seizures, Updated Revision, August 2012. Published through the Minnesota State Bar Association.
  • Author, Unspecified Felony Convictions, Bench & Bar: Tips & Traps, Official Publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Page 56 (July 2012)
  • Author, 36 And 48 Hour Rules, Bench & Bar: Tips & Traps, Official Publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Page 48 (Sept. 2011)
  • Author, Felony Sentencing, Bench & Bar: Tips & Traps, Official Publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Page 56 (July 2011)
  • Author, Personal Property Disputes, Bench & Bar: Tips & Traps, Official Publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Page 48 (Mar. 2011)
  • Author, Partial Summary Judgment, Bench & Bar: Tips & Traps, Official Publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Page 64 (Jan. 2011)
  • Author, Telephonic Search Warrants, Bench & Bar: Tips & Traps, Official Publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Page 56 (Dec. 2010)
  • "Batson Challenges"- Bench & Bar: Minnesota State Bar Association, Page 56 (Oct. 2010)

  • "Finalizing Divorce Proceedings"- Bench & Bar: Minnesota State Bar Association, Page 48 (Aug. 2010)

  • "Prosecutorial Misconduct"- Bench & Bar: Minnesota State Bar Association, Page 64 (July 2010)

  • “Minnesota Judicial Training Updates” issued statewide via bi-weekly e-mail (Jan. 2010 – present)
  • "The Sherburne County Electronic Court Room - an Introductory Course on Court Room Technology and Suggested Practices"- Sherburne County Governement Center (2002)
  • Co-Author, "MN DWI Handbook, Chapter 14, The Trial"- MSBA - CLE (2002)
  • Co-Author with Prof. John Sonsteng, "Criminal Law Practicum"- William Mitchell College of Law (1999)
  • Anoka County Attorney Law Enforcement Training updates (1991-1999)
  • "Minnesota Criminal Elements Handbook"- Minnesota County Attorneys Association (1992-1999)
  • "Criminal Legislation Handbook"- Anoka County Attorneys Office (1990-1999)
  • Minnesota Handbook and Training Video Tape on Motor Vehicles: "Stops, Warrantless Searches, Seizures" (1994)
  • "Identification Procedures"- Minnesota Peace Officer Training Manual (1990)
  • "Warrantless Arrests & Detentions"- Minnesota Sheriff Vol. 33, No. 1 (1995)
  • "Warrantless Motor Vehicle Searches"- Minnesota Police Journal Vol. 68, No. 2 (1995)
  • "Arrests & Detentions, 36 & 48 Hour Rules"- Minnesota Police Journal Vol. 67 (1994)
  • "Recording Custodial Interrogations"- Minnesota Police Journal Vol. 67, No. 5 (1994)
  • Contributor - Law Enforcement & Criminal Law Training Articles:
  • Hennepin County Sheriff's Department Monthly Law Enforcement Bulletin.  Monthly Law Enforcement training articles.  Nov. 1992-95
  • Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (L.E.C.C.) monthly newsletter, published through the U.S. Attorney's Office. Monthly law enforcement training articles.  Sept. 1993-95
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Criminal Law Section Quarterly Newsletter- "Criminal Law News".  Quarterly criminal law training articles.  Dec. 1993-95

Notable Cases:

  • Attorney in charge of the 1998 Minneapolis Holidazzle crash investigation
  • Prosecuted Ryan Pederson convicted on one count of 1st degree murder (jury trial, 1999)
  • Prosecuted Steve Schrieber convicted on 2 counts of 1st degree murder (jury trial, 1996)
  • Prosecuted Earl Greise convicted on 2 counts of 1st degree murder (jury trial, 1995)
  • Prosecuted Patrick Walsh convicted on one count of 1st degree murder (jury trial, 1992)
  • The Walsh Prosecution and trial was featured in a Jan. 2004 nationally televised episode of Forensic Files on the Court TV cable channel

In all of the above noted cases, Judge Pendleton helped pioneer the use of comprehensive multimedia computer generated closing arguments by incorporating the use of text, diagrams, photos, video playbacks, and sound recordings that included elements of re-enactments. Judge Pendleton worked closely with Forensic Pathologist Dr. Dan Davis (who is nationally recognized in the field of computer animation) in introducing the use of such technology into Minnesota criminal trial proceedings.

Awards or Honors:

  • Recipient, Minnesota District Judge’s Association 2012 Outstanding Judge Award, Fall conference, Maddens Conference Center. The award is given to judges that have distinguished themselves through their contributions to the improvement of the judicial system, service as a trial judge, and promoting judicial efficiency. Sept. 6, 2012.
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association (1995)
  • Named as one of 14 Minnesota Public Sector Lawyers of Distinction, Minnesota Journal of Law & Politics (1996)
  • Received the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) 2003 State Recognition Award (Aug. 6, 2003)
  • Recipient, 2004 Outstanding Alumni Award, Bemidji State University Alumni Association (Sept. 24, 2004)

Community Education:

  • Panelist; Free Family Law Annual Clinic, Open to the Public; Sherburne County Social Services Public Outreach Program; Sherburne County Government Center; Aug. 22, 2002, and Sept. 9, 2003
  • Guest Speaker; Sherburne County District Court – New Innovations; Elk River Lions Club Dinner; Sherburne County Government Center; April 18, 2003
  • Guest Speaker; Sherburne County E-Courtroom; Elk River Rotary Club Luncheon; Sherburne County Government Center; Jan. 23, 2003
  • Guest Speaker; D.A.R.E. Graduation Ceremony; Big Lake Elementary 5th grade class; Big Lake, MN; May 8, 2002
  • Speaker; A Judicial Overview of Minnesota’s Judicial System; Rasmussen College; Legal Terminology class; St. Cloud, MN; Mar. 10, 2002
  • Moderator; Public Informational Meeting re: the Restructuring of the District Courts Case Management System; Sherburne County Government Center; Elk River, MN; Mar. 8, 2002 
  • Speaker; The United States Constitution; Elk River High School Senior Civics Class; Elk River, MN; Oct. 12, 2001
  • Guest Speaker; D.A.R.E. Graduation Ceremony; Elk River Elementary 5th grade class; Elk River, MN;  May 25 & 30, 2000
  • Guest Speaker; D.A.R.E. Graduation Ceremony; Zimmerman Elementary 5th grade class; Zimmerman, MN; May 23, 2000
  • Guest Speaker; D.A.R.E. Graduation Ceremony; Big Lake Elementary 5th grade class; Big Lake, MN; May 10, 2000
  • Criminal Trials and the Use of Computer Graphics; Anoka Senior High School; Senior Law Class; May 23, 1999 
  • Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines; Bloomington Citizens Community Watch Organization; Christ theKing Lutheran Church; Bloomington, MN; April 24, 1999
  • Volunteer Attorney; Legal Advice Clinic; Minneapolis, MN; 1993-97
  • Murder and Manslaughter; Anoka Senior High School; 9th Grade Government Honors Class; May 20, 1994 
  • Criminal Justice Issues; Coon Rapids Senior High School; Senior Social Studies Class; April 7, 1994
  • Lawyers & Jury Trials; Educational Program at L.C. Webster Elementary School; 3rd Grade Class; North St Paul; May 12, 1993
  • Criminal Justice System; Anoka Senior High School; Senior Social Studies Class; April 1992
  • Trial Preparation & Victim Sensitivity; Training for Volunteer Reservists; Anoka County Sheriff's Dept.; April 21, 1991
  • Child Sex Abuse - Health Care Issues; Mercy Medical Center; Oct. 1985
  • Child Sex Abuse Issues for Teachers; Sand Creek Elementary School Faculty; Sept. 1985
  • Our Criminal Justice System; Winona Junior High School; April 1983

Mock Trial Activities:

  • Judge - 2008 Minnesota High School Mock Trial Competition. Sponsored by the Minnesota State Bar Association; Elk River; Feb. 12, 2008
  • Judge – 2002 Minnesota High School Mock Trial Invitational Competition. Sponsored by the Minnesota State Bar Association; Elk River; Jan. 25, 2002
  • Judge – 2002 National High School Mock Trial Competition. Sponsored by the Minnesota State Bar Association; National Competition; St. Paul, MN; May 10, 2002
  • Judge – 2002 Minnesota High School Regional Mock Trial Competition. Sponsored by the Minnesota State Bar Association; Regional Competition; Elk River, MN; Jan. 31, 2002 
  • Judge; Hamline University 1995 Silver National Mock Trial Tournament; St. Paul, MN; Mar. 19, 1995
  • Coach, Hamline Law School Civil Mock Trial Team 
  • 1991-92; American Trial Lawyers Association Regional Competition; Lincoln, NE; Mar. 5-8, 1992; Midwest Regional Semi-finalists
  • 1989-90; American Trial Lawyers Association Regional Competition; Des Moines, IA; Mar. 8-11, 1990
  • Coach, Hamline Law School Criminal Mock Trial Team
    1990-91; American Bar Association Regional Competition; Chicago, IL; Mar. 14-17, 1992
  • Judge – 1991 & 1992 Minnesota High School Regional Mock Trial Competition. Sponsored by the Minnesota State Bar Association; Regional Competition; Minneapolis, MN; Feb. 13, 1992, and Feb. 4, 1991. 
  • Judge – 1990 National Moot Court Competition. Sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section of the New York State Bar Association; University of Minnesota Law School; Nov. 19, 1993; Midwest Regional Competition; Minnesota Judicial Center; Nov. 16, 1990
  • Consultant; Hamline Law School Civil Mock Trial Team; 1988-89