Judge Carol Hooten

Minnesota Judicial Center
Court of Appeals
(651) 297-7650

Judge Carol Hooten

Elected in 2002 and 2008 as Scott County District Court Judge.

Appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Mark Dayton on June 1, 2012. Elected in 2014. Current term expires Jan. 2021.  

  • J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1978
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Major: Developmental Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1973

  • Minnesota Court of Appeals (2012-present)
  • District Court Judge, First Judicial District, Scott County (2003-12)
  • Carol A. Hooten Law Firm (1991-2002)
  • Arbitrator with American Arbitration Association (2001-02)
  • Bassford, Heckt, Lockhart, Truesdell & Briggs, P.A. (1987-91)
  • Jardine, Logan & O'Brien (1978-86)
  • Law Clerk for Judge Jonathan Lebedoff, Hennepin County District Court (1976-78)

  • State of Minnesota, September 19, 1978
  • United States District Court, November 6, 1978
  • State of Wisconsin, February 10, 1987

Professional Associations:
  • Minnesota Bar Association
  • Dakota County Bar Association
  • Minnesota District Judges Association
  • American Judicature Society
  • Twin Cities Cardozo Society

Professional Committees as District Court Judge:
  • First District Guardian ad Litem Advisory Committee
  • Minnesota State Family Law Committee
  • Chair, Scott County Children's Justice Initiative
  • Chair, Scott County, Juvenile Justice Coordinating Committee

Educational Outreach:
  • Presenter, Hennepin County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (CLE): Family Court Appeals: What You Need to Know, November 8, 2017
  • Judge, Semi-final Round, University of Minnesota Law School’s Maynard Persig Moot Court Competition, March 5, 2018
  • Presenter, Minnesota CLE and Minnesota State Bar Association Appellate Practice Section, 12th Annual Appellate Practice Institute, The Process of Appellate Decision Making, March 16, 2018
  • Judge for Final Round, University of Minnesota Law School’s Maynard Pirsig Moot Court Tournament, March 13, 2014
  • Judge, American Mock Trial Association (AMTA), Hamline University and Macalester College for the St. Paul Regional Intercollegiate Mock Trial Tournament, February 16, 2014
  • Presenter, Public Defender Appellate Pro Bono Program, MSBA Appellate Practice Section, November 22, 2013
  • Presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association's Nine Days in June and the First Judicial District at Brackett’s Crossing in Lakeville, Appellate Case Update, June 13, 2013
  • Former adjunct professor, William Mitchell College of Law, Legal Practicum, Spring 2013 - Spring 2015
  • Faculty member, The 7th Annual Appellate Practice Institute, First Impressions from the Newer Justices and Judges, Spring 2013
  • Judge for Final Round, ABA Law Student Division Region 7, Negotiation Competition, Fall 2013
  • Presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association’s Nine Days in June and the First Judicial District at Brackett’s Crossing in Lakeville, Appellate Case Update, June 12, 2014
  • Annual speaker, Senior High Social Study Students, Discussing the Minnesota Judicial System and its relationship to other branches of government, Norwood Young America