Judge Lucinda E. Jesson

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

Judge Lucinda E. Jesson


Appointed Jan. 4, 2016, by Governor Mark Dayton. Elected in 2018. Current term expires Jan. 2025.


Juris Doctor, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Bachelor of Arts, University of Arkansas


Past Employment:

  • Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Associate Professor of Law, Hamline University
  • Partner; Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly, LLP 
  • Chief Deputy County Attorney, Hennepin County Attorney’s Office
  • Deputy Attorney General, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office
  • Shareholder, Jesson & Pust PA 

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Board of Directors, Lutheran Social Services
  • Board of Directors, Southern Prairie Center for Community Health Improvement
  • Board of Directors, Interfaith Action of Greater St. Paul
  • Board of Directors, Close Gaps by 5
  • Co-chair, Minnesota Tribal Court / State Court Forum
  • Former co-chair, Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness
  • Former co-chair, Task Force on Health Care Financing
  • Former co-chair, Governor’s Task Force on Child Protection
  • Former co-chair, Children’s Justice Initiative
  • Member, Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, Minnesota State Bar Association