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Speakers Bureau


To request a speaker for a meeting or event please fill out and submit the following form: Washington County District Court Speakers Bureau Request Form.  Or you may contact Deb Lepper at 651-430-4436.


The Washington County District Court Speakers Bureau was created to increase public information about the Washington County Court system and judicial outreach throughout the County. The bureau is comprised of judicial officers and staff who represent their areas of expertise in the District Court system. Upon request, the speakers will attend your organization's events to share accurate and interesting information about the courts and its new initiatives.


Maybe You Need a Speaker for a...

  • Civics Class?
  • Career Day?
  • Graduation?
  • Boy or Girl Scout Troop?
  • Field Trip?


Or for a meeting of...  

  • Your Chamber of Commerce?
  • Your Field Trip?
  • Your Service Club?
  • Your Church Group?
  • Your PTA?

Possible Topics Include:

  • Judicial Independence and Accountability
  • Eliminating Bias
  • Abused & Neglected Children
  • Community/Court Partnership
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Restorative
  • Justice/Circle Sentencing
  • Juveniles/Families in Courts
  • Domestic Violence
  • Courts' Role in Society
  • Sentencing Guidelines




  • Women in the Courts
  • Judicial Ethics
  • Criminal Court System
  • Business of the Courts
  • Judicial Selection & Evaluation
  • Access to Justice
  • Access to Courts
  • Expanded Use of Technology in the Courts
  • The Role of the Jury
  • Public Trust & Confidence
  • Courthouse Security & Facilities


Other Services Available:

Courtroom Observation          Judicial Ride Along                  Courthouse Tour


Available Speakers:

Judge B. William Ekstrum

Judge Gregory G. Galler

Judge Mary E. Hannon

Judge John C. Hoffman

Judge Richard C. Ilkka


Judge Tad V. Jude

Judge Ellen L. Maas

Judge John R. McBride

Judge Susan R. Miles

Judge Gary R. Schurrer

Many of the speakers are Washington County residents as well. We are eager to accommodate your request for one of the listed topics or another topic of special interest to your organization. There is no cost to you for this service.

Judicial schedules can be very busy. If possible, please contact us at least one month in advance of the date you would like a speaker.