Assistant Chief Judge
Ramsey County Courthouse
Phone: (651) 266-8266
- Appointed Nov. 2001. Elected in 2004 and 2010. Current term expires Jan. 2017.
- J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1985
B.A., St. Mary’s College, 1980
- Judge- Ramsey County District Court, 2002-Present
Deputy Attorney (Head of Criminal Division)- St. Paul City, 1999-2001
Assistant Attorney- St. Paul City, 1998-1999
Attorney- Private Practice, 1990-1998
Assistant Federal Defender, 1988-1990
Assistant Attorney- Ramsey County, 1987-1988
Assistant Attorney- St. Paul City, 1986-1987
Investigator- St. Paul Department of Human Rights, 1985
- Minnesota Supreme Court, 1985
Federal District Court, District of Minnesota, 1986
Illinois Supreme Court, 1986
Federal District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1988
- Judge Stephenson is a member of a number of court committees, panels, community organizations, boards and educational programs, including the Summit-University Frogtown Sentencing Circle; the Hmong Community Peace-Keeping Circle; St. Paul First Offenders Program (lecturing prostitution-related offenders); Ramsey County Community Court and Project Remand.
- Judge Stephenson was instrumental in establishing the John School Program, a program whose aim is to reduce prostitution-related crime; offenders are required to pay for their participation in the program and the proceeds are used to assist former prostitutes in remaining out of the life of prostitution and to assist them in finding stable housing.
- Judge Stephenson was involved in establishing St. Paul’s Community Court, a program which more assertively handles cases involving “quality of life” (neighborhood nuisance) offenses with an emphasis on completing community service hours.
- Judge Stephenson also took the lead in establishing the Community Prosecutor Program under Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner and former St. Paul City Attorney Clayton Robinson. The program’s aim was to focus on the troubled Frogtown/Summit-University neighborhoods in St. Paul and to improve police community relations, to encourage community policing, and to improve communication among the various partners in the criminal justice system. The program has now expanded to service the East Side and West Side of St. Paul.