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Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea

Supreme Court

Minnesota Judicial Center
Phone: (651) 297-7650


B.A. Degree, with distinction
University of Minnesota Morris, 1983

J.D. Degree, magna cum laude, order of the coif
Georgetown University Law Center, 1986

Legal Background

Appointed as Chief Justice on July 1, 2010. Elected in 2012. Term expires Jan. 2019.

Appointed as Associate Justice on January 11, 2006.

Prior to being appointed to the Supreme Court, Gildea served as a judge in the Fourth Judicial District, Hennepin County. 

Before being appointed to the bench in September 2005, Gildea was a prosecutor in the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office (2004-2005), Associate General Counsel at the University of Minnesota (1993-2004) and in private litigation practice at Arent Fox in Washington, D.C. (1986-1993). 

Community Involvement

Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission (May 2001-November 2004)
Board of Directors, YWCA of Minneapolis (July 2000-June 2003)
Advisory Board, MINNCORR Industries (June 2000-June 2002)

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure (2004-2006)

Minnesota State Bar Association

  Member, Council (July 1, 2003-Present)
  Member, Assembly (2000-Present)
  Member, Governing Council, Civil Litigation Section (2000-2006)

Hennepin County Bar Association
  Member, Board of Directors (2000-2004)
  Chair, Finance and Planning Committee (2002-2003)
  Co-chair, The Hennepin Lawyer Committee (2001-2002)