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Edward J. Cleary Reappointed To Serve as Chief Judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals

Posted: Monday, August 22, 2016

Governor Mark Dayton today announced his reappointment of the Honorable Edward J. Cleary to serve as Chief Judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Chief Judge Cleary’s second term is effective on November 1, 2016, and will expire on October 31, 2019.
“Chief Judge Cleary has demonstrated a strong commitment to Minnesota throughout his career and as a member of the judiciary,” said Governor Dayton. “I thank him for his past service and continued willingness to continue working on behalf of the people of Minnesota in his role of Chief Judge.”
Chief Judge Cleary was appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals in 2011, and in 2013 was appointed as the Court’s Chief Judge. Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeals, Chief Judge Cleary served as the Assistant Chief Judge for the Second Judicial District where he was appointed by Governor Jesse Ventura in 2002.
Chief Judge Cleary has also served as the Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility and practiced law for 20 years. As an attorney, he successfully argued a case before the United States Supreme Court and authored an award-winning book on the case. He is a past president of the Ramsey County Bar Association and served on the Minnesota State Bar Association Governing Council. In addition, Chief Judge Cleary served as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School from 2000-2012.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals handles most of the appeals from the final decisions of the trial courts, state agencies, and local governments. It is composed of judges who represent each of Minnesota’s eight congressional districts as well as eleven judges who serve in an at-large capacity.
More information on the Commission on Judicial Selection, as well as vacancies it is currently considering, can be found at