Judge JaPaul Harris


Syracuse University, B.A., 2000
Hamline University School of Law, J.D., 2003

Referee Experience:

Appointed August 2012
  • Housing Court: commercial and residential evictions, rent escrow actions, tenant remedy actions, municipal nuisance/hazardous properties, and related matters
  • Harassment Restraining Orders: first appearances, motions, and evidentiary hearings
  • Criminal: Petty misdemeanor court trials
  • Mental Health Civil Commitment; and
  • Juvenile Court

Prior Legal Experience:

  • Managing/Supervising Attorney, Mid Minnesota Legal Aid
  • Minneapolis Public School District
  • Staff Attorney, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Minnesota Supreme Committee for Equality and Justice: Committee Member (January 2014 - Present); Education Subcommittee Chair (September 2015 – Present)
  • Fourth Judicial District Equal Justice Committee: Committee Member (August 2012 - Present)
  • Fourth Judicial District Housing Court Bench and Bar: Facilitator
  • Saint Paul Human Rights Commission
  • Taught Advocacy at William Mitchell College of Law
  • University of Minnesota, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, 2007 - 2008 Policy Fellows Program (September 2007 - June 2008)
  • Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Oxford Recreation Center: Youth Athletics Coach (August 2004 - Present)
  • Former Member of the Minnesota Supreme Court Racial Fairness Committee (January 2007 - May 2011)
  • Former Member of the Minnesota State Board on Aging (May 2012 - January 2013)
  • Former Member of the League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions Board of Directors: District Director