Judge James A. Cunningham


Appointed Jan. 2, 2009, by Governor Tim Pawlenty.  Elected in 2010, 2016, and 2022. Term expires Jan. 2029.


University of Wisconsin, Madison, J.D. (1989)
University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.A. (1986)


Commissioner, Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services, 2003
Assistant Minneapolis city attorney, 1999-2003
Assistant district counsel, Minneapolis Public Schools, 1993-1999
Associate attorney, Rider Bennett law firm, Minneapolis, 1990-1992
Law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Charles E. Clevert in Milwaukee, 1989-1990

Professional Memberships:

Former member, Minnesota State Bar Association
Former member, Association of Labor Relation Agencies
Former member, Association for Conflict Resolution
Chair, Fremont Community Health Services Board
Chair, Center for Communication and Development/KMOJ Radio Board

Professional and Community Activities:

Adjunct professor, Hamline University Graduate School of Education
Instructor, Hamline University School of Law
Adjunct professor, St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis