Chief Judge Leslie E. Beiers


Appointed June 27, 2014, by Governor Mark Dayton. Elected in 2016 and 2022. Term expires January 2029.


  • J.D., with distinction, University of North Dakota, 1983
  • B.A., magna cum laude, French and Political Science, University of North Dakota, 1980


  • Assistant St. Louis County Attorney (Juvenile, Criminal and Civil divisions), 1995-2014
  • Special Assistant United States Attorney, 2011-2014
  • Assistant Carlton County Attorney, 1991-1995
  • Staff Attorney, Legal Aid of Northeastern Minnesota, 1985-1991
  • Law clerk, Magistrate Patrick McNulty, United States District Court, 1983-1985
  • Past Adjunct Professor, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Professional Memberships:

  • Minnesota Bar Association
  • Member and past president, 11th District Bar Association
  • Admitted to the Minnesota State Bar and the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • Racial Justice Improvement Project
  • Mending the Sacred Hoop Safety Audit Team
  • Minnesota District Judges Association


  • Chief Judge, Sixth Judicial District, 2022-present
  • Minnesota Judicial Council, 2019-present
  • Minnesota Judicial Council Executive Committee, 2020-present
  • Assistant Chief Judge, Sixth Judicial District, 2020-2022
  • 6th Judicial Council Executive Committee, 2020-present
  • Co-Chair, Committee for Equality and Justice, 2021-present
  • Member, Committee for Equality and Justice, 2015-present
  • Chair, Sixth Judicial District Committee for Equality and Justice, 2015-2020
  • Minnesota Judges Criminal Law Benchbook Committee, 2017-2021
  • Minnesota Criminal Jury Instructions Committee, 2015-2021
  • Presiding Judge, Carlton County Treatment Court, 2014-2019
  • Presiding Judge, Southern St. Louis County DWI Court, 2020-present
  • Federal District Court Judge Selection Committee, October 2021
  • One Court Minnesota Hearings Initiative Steering Committee, October 2021-present