Appointment announced Oct. 3, 2005, by Governor Tim Pawlenty. Elected in 2006, 2012, and 2018. Retired on May 6, 2022. Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2025.
J.D., magna cum laude, William Mitchell College of Law, 1986
B.A., University of Minnesota, 1982
Prior to being appointment to his current position, Judge Awsumb served as a private mediator and arbitrator in hundreds of civil disputes. He was also an attorney practicing in the areas of civil and commercial litigation from 1986 until 2005. From 1998 through 2005, Judge Awsumb was Chief Manager of R. A. Awsumb & Associates, PLC in St. Paul. From 1991 through 1998 he was Founding Partner and attorney at Rambow & Awsumb, P.A. in Bloomington. He was an associate attorney at Rider, Bennett, Egan & Arundel in Minneapolis from 1986 through 1991.
Minnesota State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Board of Directors- Ramsey County Bar Association
American Judicature Society
Volunteer Lawyers Network, Ltd.
Board of Directors- Hennepin County Bar Association, 1989-1993
Supreme Court of Minnesota, Board of Legal Certification
Board Chair, 2002-2004
Board Member, 1999-2004
Trustee- Friends of the St. Paul Public Library
Volunteer- Greater Twin Cities United Way
Member- Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America
Volunteer Reader- Randolph Heights Elementary School, 2000-2001
Member and Executive Committee Chair- Legislative Awareness Randolph Heights School PTA, 2002-2003
Member and Board of Directors- Child Haven, Inc., St. Paul, MN--Non-profit community daycare provider, 1996-98
Lecturing and Teaching Experience:
Since 1993, Judge Awsumb has been an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law.