Judge Kellie M. Charles


Appointed by Governor Tim Walz on August 10, 2020.  Elected 2022.  Current term expires Jan. 2029.


  • J.D., William Mitchell School of Law, cum laude
  • B.A., Miami University (Ohio), Political Science and English/Journalism, B.A.

Past Employment:

Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office
  • Assistant Hennepin County Public Defender, 1997-2014
  • Senior Attorney, 2014-2020
    • Supervised Appeals and Special Litigation Team
    • Supervised Treatment Court Team
    • Supervised Probation Violation Team

Professional Memberships:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers Association 
  • Minnesota District Judges Association
  • Second District Representative, Domestic and Sexual Violence Judicial Leadership Team
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society, Education Committee
  • Miami University Pre-Law Alumni Board
  • Former President; American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; Local 2938

Community Activities: 

  • Volunteer, StandDown for Minnesota Veterans
  • Volunteer, Friends of Dorothy Day
  • Mock Trial Judge, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Former Member, Long-Range Capital Improvement Budget Committee (CIB) of St. Paul
  • Former Member, District 14, Macalester Groveland Community Council
  • Former Member, District 2, Greater Eastside Community Council

Additional Information:

  • Adjunct Professor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
    • Advanced Trial Advocacy, 2008-present
    • Legal Practicum, 2010-present
    • Appellate Advocacy, 2010-2021
    • Psychiatry and the Law,  2015-17