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Michael E. Burns Appointed to Fill Fourth Judicial District Vacancy

Posted: Friday, September 30, 2016

Today, Governor Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Michael E. Burns as District Court Judge in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District. Mr. Burns will be replacing the Honorable Anne K. McKeig, who was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court earlier this year. Mr. Burns will be chambered at Minneapolis in Hennepin County.
“Through his work as a public attorney, teaching law, and in private practice, Mr. Michael Burns has demonstrated a clear commitment to justice” said Governor Dayton. “Mr. Burns’ distinguished legal career and strong commitment to service have prepared him well for this important role.”
Mr. Burns is currently an Assistant Hennepin County Attorney, where he handles criminal prosecution. Previously, he was an adjunct professor at Hamline University, an associate attorney at Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson, P.A., an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General, and a probation officer for Hennepin County Community Corrections. He earned his B.A. from Brown University in Rhode Island, his M.A from Hamline University, and his J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
Mr. Burns is a Race Director for the Susan G. Komen of Minnesota Race for the Cure, a board member of the Mitchell Hamline University School of Law Alumni Association, a participant and member of Getting Word Project, and a former board member of the Minneapolis Civilian Review Authority.
Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District consists of Hennepin County.
More information on the Commission on Judicial Selection, as well as vacancies it is currently considering, can be found at