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Judge Dale O. Harris

St. Louis County - Duluth Courthouse
Sixth Judicial District
(218) 726-2460

Chambers Phone: 218-726-2297

Sixth Judicial District Judicial Officers

Judge Dale O. Harris


Appointed by Governor Tim Pawlenty on Mar. 8, 2010. Elected in 2012 and 2018. Current term expires January 2025.


J.D., cum laude, Hamline University School of Law, 1993

B.M.E., University of Minnesota, 1990


Judge - Sixth Judicial District (Duluth), 2010-present

Assistant St. Louis County Attorney – Civil Division, 2004-10

Chief Deputy Court Administrator – St. Louis County, 2001-04

Attorney – Hanft, Fride, P.A., 2000-01

Judge Advocate - U.S. Navy, 1993-2000; U.S. Navy Reserve 2000-16

Professional Memberships:

11th District Bar Association (1993-present)

  • Vice-President (2009-10)
  • Secretary (2008-09)
  • Board of Directors (2006-08)

Minnesota State Bar Association (1993-present)

  • State Convention Planning Committee (2009)

American Bar Association (2000-15)

  • Delegate, Conference of State Trial Judges, ABA National Convention (2012)

Minnesota County Attorneys Association (2004-10)

  • Peace Officer Training Manual Committee (2007-08)

Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (2000-01)

Judge Advocates Association (1997-2000)

Professional and Community Activities:

Member, Sixth District eCourt Steering Committee (2011-present)

Coach, Hermantown Youth Basketball (2010-13)

Coach, Salvation Army, Rookie Basketball League (2009-11)

Coach, Arrowhead Youth Soccer Association (2009)

Board of Elders, Peace in Christ Lutheran Church (2003-07)

Coach, Hermantown Amateur Hockey Association (2005-06)

Alumni Board, Hamline University School of Law (2003-05)

Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 1107, Springfield, Virginia (1997-98)

Bremerton High School Tutoring Program, Bremerton, Wash. (1995-96)

Lecturing and Teaching Experience:

Adjunct faculty, Fond-du-Lac Tribal Community College (2007-present), “Civil Liability for Law Enforcement”

CLE, 2009 Minnesota State Bar Convention, “Minnesota Open Meeting Law”

CLE, 2008 Minnesota State Bar Convention, “Minnesota Government Data Practices Act”

Annual training on liability and new laws, St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, 2005-09

Data practices for Probation, 2008

Data practices for Public Health and Human Services, 2008

Data practices for Corrections (Northeast Regional Corrections Center) 2009

Data practices for St. Louis County department heads, 2008

Court Security Officer training, 2007

Confidentiality for Law Enforcement Chaplains, 2005

Sheriff Background Investigations, 2005

CLE “Non-Compete Clauses and Employment Agreements,” 2001 


“Civil Liability for Law Enforcement,” Peace Officer Training Manual, Minnesota County Attorneys Association (2008) 

Military Service:

U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (1993-2000)

  • Trial Attorney, Bremerton, Wash. (1994-97)
  • Appellate Attorney, Washington, D.C. (1997-2000)

U.S. Navy Reserve (2000-16)

  • Commanding Officer, NR Appellate Review, Des Moines, IA (2012-14)
  • Appellate Attorney (2000-02; 2014-16)
  • Court Commissioner (2002-06)
  • Appellate Attorney/Executive Officer (2007-08)
  • Judge, Navy-Marine Corps Ct. of Criminal Appeals (2009-12)

Additional Information:

Judge Harris and his wife, Barbara, have four children: Kevin, Andrew, Josephine, and Zachary.