Chief Judge Caroline “Carrie” H. Lennon


Appointed Nov. 3, 2008, by Governor Tim Pawlenty. Elected in 2010, 2016, and 2022. Term expires Jan. 2029.


J.D., William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, 1989

B.A., St. Olaf College in Northfield, 1985

Past Employment:

Assistant Hennepin County Attorney in Minneapolis, 1990-2008

Appointed as special assistant county attorney in Ramsey, Dakota, Washington, and Scott counties on individual cases

Law clerk, Hennepin County Attorney’s office, 1988-1989

Professional Memberships:

Member, Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission, 2012 to present

Chair, Scott County Justice Steering Committee, 2011 to present

Former Member, First Judicial District Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee, 2008-2012

Former member, Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Team (SCANT)

Former member, Hennepin County Vulnerable Adult Law Enforcement Team

Professional and Community Activities:

Formerly involved in numerous training programs, including Hennepin County District Court jury selection, Hennepin County probation officers, and Minneapolis Police Department in-service training on child abuse.

Former speaker and consultant, American Prosecutor’s Research Institute

Former presenter, Minnesota County Attorney’s Association