Judge Maximillia Utley


Appointed on November 16, 2020, by Governor Tim Walz. Term ends in January 2023.


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


  • Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, Senior Assistant County Attorney (2009-2020)
  • Minnesota Court of Appeals, Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas Kalitowski and the Honorable Heidi Schellhas (2008-2009)

Professional Memberships:

  • Member, Minnesota District Judge Association
    • Minnesota District Judge Foundation Planning and Education Committee
  • Member, Fourth Judicial District Equal Justice Committee
  • Member, Fourth Judicial District Judicial Officer Device Committee
  • Member, Youth Justice Council – Eliminating Racial Disparities Committee
  • Member, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers
    • Former President (2011-2012)
    • Former Secretary (2008-2010)
  • Former Member, City of Minneapolis Public Safety Policy Transformation Task Force
  • Former Member, Hennepin County Trauma Screening Assessment Committee
  • Former Member, Hennepin County Out-of-Home Placement Training Committee
  • Former Member, Minnesota County Attorney’s Association
  • Former Member, National District Attorney’s Association

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Adjunct Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • Co-Editor and Committee Member, Minnesota Criminal Benchbook
  • Volunteer, Clare Housing Organization
  • Volunteer Judge, William McGee Civil Rights Moot Court