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Judge Jay M. Quam

Hennepin County Courthouse
Fourth Judicial District
(612) 348-2040

Chambers Phone: (612) 348-5474
Reporter: (612) 348-6104
Law Clerk: (612) 348-4996
Judicial Clerk: (612) 348-3219

Fourth Judicial District Judicial Officers

Judge Jay M. Quam


Appointed on Oct. 2, 2006. Elected in 2008, 2014 and 2020. His current term expires in January 2027.


J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 1988

B.A., summa cum laude, Moorhead State University, 1984


Attorney & Shareholder, Fredrikson and Byron in Minneapolis, 1995-2006

Associate Attorney, Fredrikson and Byron in Minneapolis, 1988-1995

Conciliation Judge, Hennepin County, 2005-2006

Adjunct Professor, St. Thomas University School of Law, 2005-2006

Professional Memberships:

American Bar Association

Minnesota State Bar Association

Hennepin County Bar Association

Minnesota District Judges Association

Additional Information:

  • 2010 Hennepin County Bar Association Judicial Professionalism Award
  • Chair, Hennepin County District Court’s Legal Advocacy Committee
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association Legal Assistance for the Disadvantaged Committee (Co-chair, Judicial Subcommittee)
  • Co-chair, Hennepin County Bar Association Bench and Bar Committee
  • Founder of Volunteer Lawyers Network Summer Associate Program
  • Co-founder of Minnesota Justice Foundation Partner Program
  • 2003 Fredrikson & Byron Distinguished Service Award
  • 2001 Minnesota Justice Foundation Outstanding Service Award
  • Alternate for Minnesota Sex Offender Supreme Court Appeal Panel

Assignment History

  • Criminal, Mar. 2013 - present
  • Presiding Judge of Probate / Mental Health Court, Jan. 2010 - Feb. 2013
  • Assistant Chief Judge of the Family Court, Feb. 2008 - Dec. 2009
  • Criminal, Oct. 2006 - Feb. 2008 
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