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Julie Allyn, Maximillia Utley, and Terri Yellowhammer Appointed to Fill Fourth Judicial District Vacancies

Posted: Friday, October 2, 2020

Today, Governor Tim Walz announced the appointments of Julie Allyn, Maximillia Utley, and Terri Yellowhammer as District Court Judges in Minnesota’s Fourth Judicial District. All three seats will be chambered in Minneapolis.

Ms. Allyn’s appointment fills a vacancy that occurred upon the retirement of Judge Ronald L. Abrams. Ms. Utley’s appointment fills a vacancy that occurred upon the appointment of Judge Theodora Gaïtas to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Ms. Yellowhammer’s appointment fills a vacancy that occurred upon the retirement of Judge Fred Karasov.

About Julie Allyn
Ms. Allyn serves as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota. Previously, she served as an Assistant Hennepin County Attorney and an Assistant Attorney General at the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. Ms. Allyn is a trial lawyer with twenty years of experience prosecuting major felony crimes ranging from child exploitation, human trafficking, murder, and rape cases to international and domestic terrorism matters. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. Ms. Allyn’s community involvement includes working on a committee to increase diversity within the U.S. Attorney’s Office and chairing the U.S. Attorney’s Wellness Committee. She also participates in the Federal Bar Association’s Membership Committee, working to increase public service membership, in the University of St. Thomas School of Law Mentor Program, and is a parent volunteer for Minneapolis Storm Hockey. She was previously involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Minneapolis.

Ms. Allyn earned her B.A., cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School.

About Maximillia Utley
Ms. Utley is a Senior Assistant Hennepin County Attorney. In this role, she is a supervising attorney in the Juvenile Prosecution Division where she has been involved in several office initiatives to increase the use of juvenile diversion and reduce disparities in the justice system. Previously, Ms. Utley worked in every other criminal division in the office, litigating a wide range of felony-level offenses, and was a judicial clerk at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Additionally, Ms. Utley is an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Her community involvement includes serving on the Eliminating Racial Disparities Committee of the Youth Justice Council, the Hennepin County Out-of-Home Placement Training Workgroup, and Mayor Frey’s Public Safety Policy Transformation Task Force, as well as volunteer work with several organizations including Clare Housing, the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition, and Open Doors. She previously served as the president of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers.

Ms. Utley earned her B.A. from the University of Minnesota and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.

About Terri Yellowhammer
Ms. Yellowhammer is the American Indian Community Relations Development Manager for Hennepin County. In this role, she guides the county on effective partnering with tribal communities in the twin cities and on reservations in Minnesota on a range of issues, including the overrepresentation of American Indian children in the child protection system. Previously, she represented indigent clients in adult and juvenile child protection cases at the Indian Child Welfare Law Center, was a White Earth Nation Tribal Court Judge, and was a Minnesota Assistant Attorney General. Ms. Yellowhammer has been involved in outreach for Proof Alliance, which helps treat and prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. She serves on the Hennepin Healthcare Community Advisory Board, which serves as a catalyst for relationship building and partnering with community organizations. Ms. Yellowhammer also serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Crittenton Foundation, which advocates for systemic justice with and for girls, young women, and gender-expansive young people impacted by chronic adversity, violence, and oppression. She is a former board chair of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center and was a member of a cohort of volunteers who held babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital.

Ms. Yellowhammer earned her B.A. from the College of St. Catherine and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.