Judge Kellie M. Charles


Appointed by Governor Tim Walz on August 10, 2020.  Current term expires January 2023.


  • J.D., cum laude, William Mitchell College of Law ‘97
  • B.A., Journalism and Political Science, Miami University (Ohio) ‘93

Past Employment:

  • Senior Attorney, Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office 2014-2020
  • Attorney, Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office 1997-2014

Current Professional and Community Activities:

  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society- Education Committee
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
  • Faculty, National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)

Past Professional Memberships and Community Activities:

  • Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Long-Range Capital Improvement Budget Committee of St. Paul (CIB)
  • District 14 Macalester Groveland Community Council – executive board
  • District 2 Greater Eastside Community Council
  • District 4 Dayton’s Bluff Community Council
  • Project Home Emergency Shelter for Families -volunteer
  • Veterans’ StandDown -volunteer