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Senior Judge Ivy S. Bernhardson
Senior Judge Ivy S. Bernhardson

Appointed/Elected:

Appointed May 30, 2007. Elected in 2008 and 2014. Retired on June 30, 2020. Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from Aug. 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.

Education:

J.D., cum laude, University of Minnesota, 1978
B.A., magna cum laude, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, 1973

Employment:

  • Vice President, Chief Legal Officer -Hazelden Foundation, Center City, MN (2004 - May 2007)
  • Attorney, Shareholder - Leonard, Street and Deinard, Minneapolis, MN (2000 - Feb. 2002; Oct. 2002-Jan. 2004)
  • Senior Vice President and General Counsel - Medica Health Plans, Minneapolis, MN (Feb.-June 2002)
  • General Mills, Inc., Minneapolis, MN (1977- 2000)
    Associate General Counsel and Corporate Secretary (1996 - 2000)
    Vice President (1988 - 2000)
    Senior Associate Counsel (1985 - 1996)
    Associate Counsel (1983 - 1985)
    Assistant Secretary (1982 - 1996)
    Staff Attorney (1978- 1983)

Professional Memberships:

Minnesota Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association


Additional Information:

Served on the State Special Redistricting Panel,  2011-2012   

Assignment History
Chief Judge, July 2016-June 2020 
Assistant Chief Judge, July 2012-June 2016
Civil and Criminal, Dec. 2011-2020
Family, Jan. 2009-Nov. 2011
Civil, Mar. 2008-Dec. 2008
Criminal, May 2007-Dec. 2008

Affiliations
Greater Twin Cities United Way, Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN
Director (May 2005-May 2011)
Chair, Health and Independence Committee (January 2006-May 2007)

The Bush Foundation, St. Paul, MN
Director (1997 - May 2009)
(Former Chair, Audit, Investment and Grants Committees)

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Board of Pensions
Trustee (2005-May 2007)

American Society of Corporate Secretaries (nka Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals) (1982-2007)
Director (1994 - 1997)
President, Twin Cities Chapter (1992 - 1993)

American Arbitration Association
Member, Commercial Arbitration Panel (1984-May 2007) and Large Complex Case Panel (2003-May 2007)

Center for Public Resources, Institute for Dispute Resolution - Panel of Distinguished Neutrals (2004-May 2007)

NASD Arbitrator (public member) (2003-May 2007)

Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis, MN
Director (1996 - 2002); Member, Board Executive, Finance and Human Resources Committees; Vice Chair (1999 - 2002); Chair, Governance Task Force (2001 - 2002)
Trustee, Fairview Southdale Hospital (1993 - 2002); Chair (1999 - 2001)

Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN
Trustee (1989 - 1998)
Chair (1995 - 1998)

Minnesota Citizens Council on Crime and Justice
Director (1990 - 1994)