Judge Eric Schieferdecker


Appointed on May 30, 2014 by Gov. Mark Dayton. Elected in 2016 and 2022. Current term expires in January 2029.


Minot State University, Bachelor’s Degree, 1988

University of North Dakota, Juris Doctor, 1994


Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Trial Division, 2005-2014

Chief Assistant and Assistant Beltrami County Attorney, 1997-2005

Associate Attorney, Drahos & Young, Bemidji, MN, 1995-1997

Law Clerk to Judge John R. Hawkinson, Itasca County District Court, 1994-1995

Professional Memberships:

Minnesota District Judges Association, Vice President (2021-2023)

Minnesota District Judges Foundation, Treasurer (2012-2017)

Minnesota State Bar Association

14th District Bar Association

15th District Bar Association

Beltrami County Bar Association

Former member, National District Attorney’s Association

Professional and Community Activities:

Minnesota Judge Criminal Bench Book, Co-Editor Sentencing Chapter

Bemidji Lions Club

Former mentor with Students First at Bemidji Middle School and Bemidji High School

Former board member of Sexual Assault Program of Beltrami, Cass, and Hubbard counties

Former board member of Hope House, Adult Day Services in Bemidji


2021 MDJF Fall Conference: Sentencing and Departures with Judge George Stephenson of Ramsey County District Court.

2020 Minnesota State Bar Association: Impact of COVID-19 on Minnesota District Courts and Court of Appeals.

2018 MDJF Fall Conference:  Post-Conviction Relief with Judge Michelle Larkin of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

2016 MDJF Fall Conference:  Grand Juries with Assistant Attorney General William F. Klumpp, Jr.