Judge Nicole L. Hopps


Appointment by Governor Tim Walz on September 13, 2023, expiration January 2025


  • Juris Doctorate, University of North Dakota Law School
  • Law Enforcement Certificate, Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Minnesota-Duluth


  • Managing Attorney, Sixth District Public Defender’s Office
  • Assistant Public Defender, Sixth District Public Defender’s Office
  • Sixth District Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable John E. DeSanto
  • Associate Attorney, Bradshaw & Bryant, PLLC
  • Ninth District Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Donna K. Dixon

Professional Memberships:

Minnesota State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Minnesota Association of Women Lawyers
National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Minnesota Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Minnesota Association for Justice
  • Team Member, South St. Louis County Mental Health Court & Mental Health Court Misdemeanor Plus
  • Team Member, Cook County Substance Use Recovery Court
  • South St. Louis County Children’s Justice Initiative Team
  • Carlton County Indian Child Welfare Act Court Team
  • Multi-Agency Trafficking Awareness Committee
  • Faculty, Minnesota Public Defender’s Office Trial Skill Training

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Board of Director Member, Churches United in Ministry (Chum)
  • Volunteer, Stepping on Up Warming Center