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Chief Judge Kathryn Davis Messerich
Appointed/Elected:

Appointed April 19, 2004, by Governor Tim Pawlenty. Elected in 2006, 2012, and 2018. Current term expires January 2025.

Specialty Judicial Assignments
 
Juvenile Court: (2007 to 2018)
Family Dependency Treatment Court: (2008 to 2015)
Adult Drug Court: (2009 to 2015)

Education:

William Mitchell College of Law (J.D. 1987) (Law Review Editor 1985-86)

University of Minnesota (M.S. 1984) (Maternal-Child Nursing)

Northern Michigan University (B.S.N. 1979) (magna cum laude)

Employment Background:

Halleland, Lewis, Nilan, Sipkins & Johnson, Shareholder: 2000 - 2004
 
Allina Health System, Associate General Counsel for Litigation: 1997 - 2000
 
Bassford, Lockhart, Truesdell & Briggs, P.A., Shareholder: 1991 - 1997
 
Lommen, Nelson, Cole & Stageberg, P.A., Associate: 1987 - 1991
           
Registered Nurse, pediatric intensive care, adult intensive care and pediatric transport team: 1979 - 1987

Bar Admissions:

Minnesota Supreme Court (1987); Federal District Court, District of Minnesota (1987); Wisconsin Supreme Court (1993).

Teaching and Related Law School Activities:

Adjunct Professor University of Minnesota Law School in Health Law (2004 - 2005)
 
Legal Writing Instructor William Mitchell College of Law (1993 - 1995)
 
University of St. Thomas School of Law Trial Advocacy Adjunct Professor (2012 - present)
 
University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor Program (2004 - present)
 
Judicial Trial Skills Training Program (2010 - present)

Certifications:

Certified Civil Trial Specialist – Minnesota State Bar Association
            Certified in 1994, Recertified in 2000
 
The Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center – ASTAR
            Fellow: (2013 - present)

Professional Organizations:

Hennepin County Bar Association 4th District Ethics Committee: Chair (2004); Vice-Chair (1998 - 2003); Investigator (1993 - 1998)
 
Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association: President (2001 to 2002); Executive Committee (1998 - 2001); Board of Directors (1996 - 1998); Editorial Committee “Minnesota Defense” (1988 - 1993); Creative Dispute Resolution Board of Directors (1996 - 1998)
 
Minnesota State Bar Association (1987 - present)
 
Wisconsin State Bar Association (1993 - present)
 
Minnesota Women Lawyers (1987 - present)
 
Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education (2003 - 2009)
 
Minnesota Board of Legal Certification (2009 - 2015)
 
Minnesota District Judges Association (2004 - present)
 
Minnesota District Judges Association Civil Jury Instruction Guide Committee (2004 - present); Chair (2012 - present)  
 
Minnesota Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers (1994 - present)

Judicial Activities:

Chief Judge: 2017 - present

First Judicial District Executive Committee: 2005 - present
 
Assistant Chief Judge: 2013 - 2017
 
Adult Detention Alternatives Initiative Executive Committee: 2015 - present

Children’s Justice Initiative: 2007 - present
 
Supreme Court Advisory Committee, General Rules of Practice for District Courts: 2007 - 2013; Committee Chair 2011 - 2013
 
Dakota County Criminal Courts Partner Workgroup: 2015 - present
 
Treatment Court Initiative (TCI) Committee: 2013 - present

Awards and Recognitions:

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA): Elected 2005
 
Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association “President’s Award”: 2004
 
Defense Research Institute (DRI) “Exceptional Service Award”: 2002
 
Minnesota Lawyer “Lawyer of the Year”: 2001
 
Northern Michigan University “Distinguished Alumni Award”: 2002

Community Activities:

Minnesota State Bar Association Mock Trial Competition

  • Judge (1989 - present)
  • Coach: Harding High School (1990 - 1992, 1994 - 1995); Southwest Junior High School (1993); Henry Sibley High School (2003 - 2007); Eastview High School (2008 - 2014)

Wisconsin State Bar Association Mock Trial Judge (1989 - 1992)
 
Washburn Child Guidance Center Board of Directors (2003 - 2004)
 
Volunteer Veterans Court Judge: Minnesota DAV Stand-down Event (2010, 2012)
 
Minnesota State Horticultural Society Board of Directors (2013 -2018)
 
Multiple community presentations on the Judicial System for local schools, citizen police academies, and civic groups in Dakota County.