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Judge Natalie E. Hudson

Court of Appeals

Chambers Phone: 651-297-1005


Natalie E. Hudson joined the Minnesota Court of Appeals on June 3, 2002, by appointment of Governor Jesse Ventura.  She was elected to the post in 2004 and re-elected in 2010.

Professional Experience

Judge Hudson was a staff attorney with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc., from 1982 to 1986, where she practiced housing law; an associate attorney in employment law and general civil litigation at the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi from 1986 to 1988; an Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Hamline University School of Law from 1989 to 1992; and St. Paul City Attorney from 1992 to 1994.  From 1994 until her appointment to the Court of Appeals, she was employed with the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General, primarily in the Criminal Appellate Division. 


Judge Hudson graduated from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, in 1979, and the University of Minnesota Law School in 1982, where she served on the Law Review staff and was Editor-in-Chief of Quaere, the law school newspaper (1980-1981).

Personal and Community

Judge Hudson is a member of several associations, including the American Bar Association, where she serves on the Judicial Outreach Network Committee, the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Ramsey County Bar Association, the Advisory Board of Minnesota Women Lawyers, the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, and the Minnesota Association of Black Women Lawyers.  From 1993 to 2001, she served on the Implementation Committee on Multicultural Diversity and Racial Fairness in the Courts. She also served on the Minnesota Supreme Court Racial Bias Task Force (1991-1993), and served on the Minnesota Legal Services Planning Committee from 2008-2011.  In Sept. 2011, Judge Hudson was selected to serve on the Warren E. Burger Inn of Court as a group leader.  She also served on the Alumni Board of the University of Minnesota Law School from 2004 to 2010.  Judge Hudson is a member of Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church and is active with the Youth Ministry program.  She also has served as a “reading buddy” with the Everybody Wins tutorial program at Benjamin E. Mays Elementary School and participates annually in the Minnesota Court of Appeals Dorothy Day Center cookout.

Judge Hudson is married to the Reverend Willie Hudson, retired Pastor of St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis and the past Chaplain Coordinator for the St. Paul Police Department.  Judge Hudson’s stepson, Kobie, is a practicing attorney in St. Paul.