Judge Leah J. duCharme


Appointed by Governor Tim Walz on June 6, 2022. Current term expires Jan. 2025.


B.S. in Paralegal, Moorhead State University, 2005
J.D., Order of the Coif, University of North Dakota School of Law, 2007

Senior Shareholder/Attorney, Gjesdahl Law (2007–2022)
Federal Extern, United States District Court (2006)

Professional Memberships:

Minnesota State Bar Association
Clay County Bar Association
State Bar Association of North Dakota

Professional and Community Activities:

  • YWCA Cass/Clay Board of Directors, former member
  • Racial Justice Committee Member, YWCA, former member
  • Women of the Year Committee, YWCA, former member
  • Moorhead City Charter Commission, former member
  • State Bar Association of North Dakota (SBAND) Ethics Committee, former member
  • SBAND Volunteer Lawyer & Lawyer Referral Committee, former member
  • SBAND Family Law Task Force, former member and co-chair
  • ND Child Support Guideline Quadrennial Review Committee, former member