Judge James A. Cunningham


Appointed Jan. 2, 2009, by Governor Tim Pawlenty.  Elected in 2010 and 2016.  Term expires Jan. 2023.


University of Wisconsin, Madison, J.D. (1989)

University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.A. (1986)


Commissioner, Minnesota Bureau of Mediation Services, 2003

Assistant Minneapolis city attorney, 1999-2003

Assistant district counsel, Minneapolis Public Schools, 1993-1999

Associate attorney, Rider Bennett law firm, Minneapolis, 1990-1992

Law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Charles E. Clevert in Milwaukee, 1989-1990

Professional Memberships:

Former member, Minnesota State Bar Association

Former member, Association of Labor Relation Agencies

Former member, Association for Conflict Resolution

Chair, Fremont Community Health Services Board

Chair, Center for Communication and Development/KMOJ Radio Board

Professional and Community Activities:

Adjunct professor, Hamline University Graduate School of Education

Instructor, Hamline University School of Law

Adjunct professor, St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis