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Senior Judge George I. Harrelson
(retired 2008)

Lyon County


Appointed May 23, 1983. Elected 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002.

Retired June 2, 2008.

Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015.


William Mitchell College of Law (J.D. 1975); University of Minnesota (B.A. 1970); University of Lenningrad (1970-1971); Defense Language Institute, Monterey California (1964-1965).

Employment Background:

Judge of County Court (1983-1987); Lyon County Attorney (1983); Chief Public Defender, Fifth Judicial District (1980-1983); Assistant City Attorney (1979); General Practice of Law (1977-1979); Law Clerk (1976-1977)

Teaching and Law Related Activities:

Faculty participant for Minnesota Supreme Court Continuing Education Programs in areas of criminal law, family law, and juvenile law. Participant in Faculty Skills Workshop and Advanced Faculty Skills Workshop. Guest Lecturer: BioMedical Ethics (University of Minnesota & St. Cloud State University (1988); National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada (1991 & 1992); Second National Conference of Gender Fairness and the Courts, Williamsburg, Virginia (1993); Minnesota Family Law Institute (1993 & 1995); Minnesota Judicial College (1993, 1995, 2001) Adjunct Professor, Southwest Minnesota State University (1990-2002).

Professional Organizations:

Chief Judge, Fifth Judicial District (2005 – present); Assistant Chief Judge, Fifth Judicial District (2001 -2005); Past President Minnesota District Judges' Association (1992); Member of Minnesota Gender Fairness Task Force (1987 -1989); Member Gender Fairness Implementation Committee (1989 - 1995); Past President, Lyon County Bar Associaton (1977).


Recipient of 2007 Minnesota District Judges Association Golden Gavel Award for Outstanding Service to the Community