Judge Jessica J.W. Maher


Appointed Aug. 7, 2017, by Governor Mark Dayton. Elected in 2018. Current term expires Jan. 2025.


J.D., University of Minnesota Law School
B.A., Minnesota State University Mankato

Past Employment:

  • Shareholder, Berg, Debele, DeSmidt & Rabuse, P.A.
  • Clinical instructor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • Judicial law clerk, Honorable Gary Crippen, Minnesota Court of Appeals
  • Law clerk, Office of the General Counsel, University of Minnesota

Professional Memberships:

  • Judicial Fellow, Academy of Adoption And Assisted Reproduction Attorneys
  • ​Membership Committee, Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Technology Attorneys, 2018- present
  • Member, 2019 Family Law Institute Judicial Track Planning Committee
  • Former member, Minnesota Supreme Court Rules of Juvenile Protection Procedure Committee
  • Former Vice Chair, Hennepin County Bar Association Juvenile Section

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Presenter, Children’s Justice Initiative Regional Training Session, December 13, 2018
  • Presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association New Lawyers Section, January 2019
  • McLeod County Children’s Justice Initiative chair, 2017-present
  • First Judicial District Children’s Justice Initiative lead judge, 2018-present
  • Keynote speaker, Minnesota Paralegals Association convention, May 24, 2018
  • Team Manager, Arctic Blast Softball, 2015-2019
  • Co-Chair, Service Committee, Chanhassen High School Senior Class Party, 2019-2020
  • Founding member, local chapter of a charitable group