Judge Robyn Millenacker


Appointed June 14, 2010, by Governor Tim Pawlenty. Elected in 2012 and 2018. Term expires Jan. 2025.


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

B.A., University of Minnesota, 1984


Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1996 – 2010

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Central District of California, Los Angeles, 1994 – 1996

Associate, Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro; Palo Alto and San Diego, California; 1989 – 1994

Judicial law clerk, U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Janice Symchych, St. Paul, 1988 – 1989

Law Clerk, Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala, P.A., 1987

Professional Memberships:

Minnesota State Bar Association

Ramsey County Bar Association

Minnesota Women Lawyers

Federal Bar Association

Warren E. Burger Inn of Court

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Supreme Court Committee, Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR) Ethics Board, Board member, 2016 – present
  • Joint Committee of Ramsey County Board of Commissioners and the Second Judicial District, Board Member, 2017 – present
  • Warren Burger Inn of Court, Master Level Member and Table Host, 2011 – present
  • Ramsey County Law Library Board of Trustees, 2012 – present
  • Subcommittee on Board of Judicial Standards for Minnesota District Judges Association, Chair, 2018; Member 2011 – 2017
  • Tubman Legal Services Advisory Council Think Tank, Second Judicial District Representative, 2015 – present
  • Project Remand Pre–trial Release Program, Second Judicial District, Secretary and Board Member, 2017 – present
  • St. Paul Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Council, Member, 2001 – 2005
  • Children's Hospital Association Guild I, Member and past president, 2001 – present
  • Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, Delegate to Board and Girl Scout Troop Leader, 2006 – 2012
  • Mounds View School District Parent Teacher Association, Parent volunteer and member, 2000 – present

Lecturing and Teaching Experience

Speaker and educator on the issue of sex trafficking of minors

Planning and Programming Advisor for Minnesota Judicial Branch Addressing the Sex Trafficking of Children in Minnesota, 2015 – present

Keynote speaker, Symposium on Uniting to Confront Sex Trafficking: A View from the Bench, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, January 2018

What the Invisible Victims from Small Towns to Large Cities Want Judges to Know about Sex Trafficking of Minors, 2017 Annual Conference of Judges

Sex Trafficking 101 for Wisconsin Judges in multiple cities, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, August 2016

Sex Trafficking 102 Conference, Engagement Strategies and Skills: Working with Sexually Exploited Youth, May 23 – 25, 2017

National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking (Sex Trafficking 101), National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, 2015 and 2016

Attorney Abolitionists, Freeing Sexually Exploited and Enslaved Youth, February 2016

Sailing Into Safe Harbor:  What every Minnesota Judge Needs to Know About the Sexual Exploitation of Children, 2015 Annual Conference of Judges

Children’s Justice Initiative Conference, Sexual Exploitation of Children, Panel Member, 2015

Children’s Justice Initiative, Supreme Court Committee, Presentation on Sexually Exploited Youth, 2015

Assignment History

Civil, Trusts, and Probate, March 2017 – present

Family and Juvenile Delinquency, January 2014 – February 2017

Adult Criminal, June 2010 – December 2013

Judge Millenacker's Civil Motion Requirements - Standing Order for All Civil Cases