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Judge Michelle A. Hatcher

Hennepin County Courthouse
Fourth Judicial District
(612) 348-2040

Chambers Phone: (612) 543-9381
Law Clerk: (612) 543-9382
Judicial Clerk: (612) 543-9383

Fourth Judicial District Judicial Officers

Judge Michelle A. Hatcher


Appointed Jan. 18, 2019, by Governor Mark Dayton. Elected in 2020. Current terms expires Jan. 2027.


J.D., William Mitchell College of Law
B.A., University of Windsor

Past Employment:

  • Senior Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
  • Criminal prosecutor, Office of the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney
  • Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
  • Litigation associate, Rider Bennet, L.L.P.
  • Assistant Scott County Attorney
  • Judicial law clerk, Honorable Mary Steenson-Dufrene

Judicial Assignments:

  • Criminal (Downtown), January 2019 to January 2021 (Lead Judge for the Downtown Team July 2020 to January 2021)
  • Family Court,  February 2021 to December 2021
  • Juvenile Court, January 2022 to Present (Assistant Presiding January 2022 to July 2023)

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Current member and former Secretary, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers
  • Adjunct Legal Writing Professor- Mitchell Hamline
  • Past President of the Mitchell Hamline -Alumni Board of Directors
  • Former member of the Mitchell Hamline- Board of Directors
  • Former Member of the Minnesota County Attorney’s Association
  • Former Member of the Domestic Fatality Review Committee
  • Former Big Sister