Senior Judge Susan Miles
Senior Judge Susan Miles


Elected to an open seat in November 1996. Sworn in January 6, 1997. Re-elected in 2002, 2008, and 2014.

Retired Sept. 7, 2018. Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023.


J.D., Catholic University Columbus School of Law, 1978
B.S., with High Honors, University of Maryland (College Park), 1975


Hessian, McKasy & Soderberg, 1989-1996
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, 1986-1989
Colorado Office of Consumer Counsel, 1985
Minnesota Office of Attorney General, 1982-1985
National Consumer Law Center, 1981-1982
Legal Assistance of North Dakota, 1978-1981

Professional Memberships:

Minnesota Women Lawyers:
President, 1997-1998
Board of Directors, 1994-1999
Chair- Conference on Challenges to Women in Leadership 1994-1995
Advisory Board, 2006-present

Minnesota State Bar Association:
Chair- Communications Law Section, 1996-1997
Board of Governors, 1995-1997
Assembly, 2006-2009
Co-Chair- Professionalism Committee, 2002-2003

American Bar Association- Fellow

Professional Activities:

Minnesota District Judges Association:
President, 2009-2011
Vice-President, 2007-2009
Board, 2006-present
Chair, Performance Evaluation Committee, 2008
Vice-Chair- Judicial Elections Committee, 2006-2010
Chair, Board on Judicial Standards Overview Committee, 2012-present

Minnesota District Judge Foundation President, 2009-2011

Minnesota Supreme Court Appellate Panel 2013-present

Tenth Judicial District Equal Justice Committee 2014 – present

Minnesota Supreme Court Legal Certification Board, 1993-1999

Minnesota Supreme Court Civil Justice Reform Task Force, 2010-2012

Chair- Washington County Bench, 2005-2010

Lead Judge- Washington County Children's Justice Initiative, 2001-2007

Washington County Community Services Advisory Board, 1997-2002

Tenth Judicial District, Administration and Finance Committee, 2000-2008

DHS Task Force on Financing the Future of Child Welfare, 2006

Institute for Excellence in Judicial Education, Faculty, 2005–2006

Investigator- Hennepin County District Ethics Committee, 1989-1994

Community Activities:

Board of Directors- Canvas Health, 2012-present

White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church:
Pledge Committee, 2011-2013
Endowment Steering Committee, 2012

Minnesota Hunter & Jumper Assoc.:
Board of Directors, 1998-2005
President, 2002-2004
Chair- Horse Show Committee, 1998-2004

United States Hunter & Jumper Association:
Zone 6 Committee, 2006-2010

Board of Directors- Sylmar Chamber Ensemble, 1987-1990

Volunteer- Second Harvest/St. Paul Food Bank, 1991-1992

Board of Directors- Minnesota Association of Cable Television Administrators, 1991-1995

Board of Directors- Minnesota Broadcasters Association, 1994-1996

Teaching Assistant- University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Health