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Senior Judge Edward Lynch
Senior Judge Edward Lynch


Appointed as District Court Judge on July 1, 1989.  Elected 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2008.

Retired Aug. 30, 2013.

Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021.


B.A., Magna cum Laude, College of St. Thomas, 1970
J.D., cum Laude, University of Minnesota, 1973


Attorney- Private Practice, South St. Paul, 1973-1989

Judicial Experience:

Chief Judge- First Judicial District, July 2009-July 2013

Assistant Chief Judge- First Judicial District, July 2005-June 2009

Chief Judge- First Judicial District, July 1993-June 1997

Minnesota Conference of Chief Judges, 1993-1997

Member of Minnesota Courts' Strategic Planning Committee, 1995-1996

Chair of Minnesota Courts' Strategic Plan Implementation Committee, July 1997-June 2000

Minnesota Courts' Intercourt Committee, June 2000-July 2005

Chair- Minnesota Courts' Public Trust and Confidence Committee May 1999-December 2005

Minnesota Courts' Transformation Workgroup, 2004

Co-Chair- Judiciary Subcommittee of Minnesota State Bar Association's Pro Se Implementation Committee January 2000-July 2002

Co-chair/chair- Minnesota Courts' Legislative Advisory Workgroup, 2000-2006

Minnesota Conference of Chief Judges' Pro Se Issues Committee, 1996

Minnesota Conference of Chief Judges' Pro Se Implementation Committee 1997

Minnesota Probation Standards Task Force 1993 and 1994.

Additional Professional Experience:

Member of Working Group on Criminal Justice System Efficiency created by Minnesota Legislature, 2002. 

Past faculty for Minnesota Courts' New Judge Orientation. 

Presenter at various conferences on topics related to the justice system, including: pro se litigation, community outreach, customer service in the courts, and cooperation and collaboration in the criminal justice system. 

Awards and Honors:

Minnesota District Judges' Association "Distinguished Service Award," 1997