Judge Leonardo Castro


Appointed June 18, 2012, by Governor Mark Dayton. Elected in 2014 and 2020. Current term expires Jan. 2027.


J.D., Northern Illinois University, College of Law, 1992
B.S., Business and Management, University of Maryland, University College, 1988

Employment History

Chief Public Defender, Fourth and Fifth judicial districts
Managing attorney, Second Judicial District Public Defender’s Office
Adjunct professor, University of Saint Thomas School of Law

Professional and Community Activities

Secretary, Judicial Council, Hispanic National Bar Association
Mentor Program Volunteer, University of St. Thomas, School of Law
Mentor Program Volunteer, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association
Alt Representative, Minnesota District Judges Association

Additional Information

United States Air Force 1981 – 1989
Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teacher, University of St. Thomas, School of Law, 2015
Latino Judge of the Year, Hispanic National Bar Association, 2015
Distinguished Service Award, Northern Illinois University, College of Law Alumni Council, June 2009
Career Achievement Award, Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, 2005