Judge Theresa M. Neo


Appointed June 6, 2014, by Governor Mark Dayton. Elected in 2016 and 2022. Current term expires Jan. 2029.


J.D., Hamline University School of Law, 2001

B.A., Metropolitan State University, 1993

A.A., Culinary Arts Southern Maine Community College, 1989


Judge- Sixth Judicial District (Duluth), 2014- present

Assistant Duluth City Attorney- Criminal Division

Staff attorney, Indian Legal Assistance Program

Staff attorney, Safe Haven Shelter for Battered Women

SM2D, Inc. Computer Consulting Firm

U.S. Army National Guard

Professional Memberships:  

  • Minnesota District Judges Association (MDJA)
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Lavender Bar Association
  • National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ)
  • NAWJ Juvenile Justice and Welfare Committee
  • IAGLBTQ+ Judges
  • 11th District Bar Association Member and past president
  • 11th District Ethics Committee (past member)

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Sixth Judicial District Children’s Justice Initiative (CJI) member
  • Sixth Judicial District Lead Judge for Children’s Justice Initiative
  • Southern St. Louis County Children’s Justice Initiative
  • Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards- Board Member
  • McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Judge
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Mock Trial Judge
  • Temple Israel Board of Trustees (former member)
  • American Red Cross of Northern Minnesota- Volunteer and former member of the Board of Directors
  • International Coastal Cleanup- Lake Superior Beach Sweep
  • Sing! A Women’s Chorus