Judge John B. Van De North

J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School, 1970
B.A., Saint John's University, Collegeville, 1967

Minnesota Supreme Court and National Judicial College (Formal Judicial Training); 1999, 2006
Minnesota Supreme Court – Rostered Neutral (Mediation and Arbitration)Training Program, 1997


Born: Mar. 1945 in Chicago, Illinois

Married: DeeDee VandeNorth, 1967

Children: John and Peter

Interests: Grandchildren, Tennis, Skiing, Golf, Reading, Travel

Military Service:

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Active Duty 1971-1973; Active Reserves, 1973-1975

Judicial and Law Practice History:
Appointed to Ramsey County District Court in 1998 by Governor Arne Carlson.  Elected in 2000, 2006, and 2012. Retired on Mar. 31, 2015.

Special Assistant, Minnesota Attorney General- 1970-1971 (Dept. of Revenue); 1973-1975 (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Minnesota Public Utilities Commission)

Attorney, Holmes and Graven, 1975-1977

Partner, Briggs and Morgan, 1977-1998 (Board of Directors 1989-1991)

Judicial Activities and Professional Memberships:


Minnesota District Judges Association
Member and former chair, Minnesota District Judges Association Pension and Benefits Committee

Minnesota State Bar Association
Chair, Judiciary Subcommittee/Minnesota State Bar Association Civil Gideon Task Force

Ramsey County Bar Association 


Member, Civil Division, Second Judicial District

Chair, Civil Division, Second Judicial District

Chair, Minnesota Juvenile Courts Centenary Planning Committee

Lead Judge, Minnesota Children's Justice Initiative (Representative of Second Judicial District)

Presiding Judge, Special Courts Division, Second Judicial District

Judicial Representative to Ramsey County Racial Disparities Task Force

Presiding Judge, Ramsey County Juvenile Substance Abuse Court

Lead Judge, Minnesota Asbestos Litigation

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Association of Transportation Practitioners

Past Recognition of Professional Standing:

2014 American Board of Trial Advocates' Best Trial Judge in MN

Who's Who in American Law

Best Lawyers in America

Minnesota Leading Attorneys

Community Activities and Awards:

2011 Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award, Ramsey County Bar Association

Board of Regents, Saint John's University (1990-1998)

Chair, Nativity School Board (1984-1985)

Former Board member, North Star Diversion Program, North Star Council/Boy Scouts of America Explorer Post Advisor

William Spurgeon National Explorer Scouting Award

Board of Directors, Minnesota Environmental Initiative (1995-1998)

University of Saint Thomas Law School Mentoring Program

Minnesota State Bar Association High School Mock Trial Program

Board of Directors and President, St. Paul Urban Tennis

Guest Lecturer at University of Minnesota Law School (Environmental Law); University of St. Thomas (Law Enforcement); Metro State University (Law Enforcement); William Mitchell College of Law (Family Law); Hamline University School of Law and University of Minnesota Law School (Judging National Moot Court Competitions)

Lectures and Publications:


Oct. 2009 - Minnesota State Bar Association Civil Gideon Task Force Report and Symposium

Mar. 2006 - William Mitchell College of Law Symposium on Regulating Judicial Campaign Speech, Presenter

Jan. 2006 - Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services/ Ramsey County Office of Harassment and Domestic Abuse, Key Note Address at Symposium on Domestic Violence

Nov. 2005 - William Mitchell College of Law Symposium on Juvenile Law, Lecture on Problem Solving Courts


2013 - Co-Author, Ramsey County Condemnation Handbook

April 2006 - William Mitchell Law Review, authored article, "Problem – Solving Judges – Meddlers or Innovators?" 32 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 3 (2006)