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Senior Judge Heidi S. Schellhas
Senior Judge Heidi S. Schellhas


Appointed to the Fourth Judicial District Court on Oct. 3, 1996. Elected 1998, 2004.

Appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Tim Pawlenty on Jan. 1, 2008.

Elected in 2010 and 2016.  Retired in 2019, and appointed as Senior Judge serving the Court of Appeals.


J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1980
B.A., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1975


  • Judge, Court of Appeals (2008 - 2019)
  • Judge, Fourth Judicial District, Civil and Adult Criminal Court (2003 - 2007); Juvenile Court (1998 - 2002); Adult Criminal Court (1996 - 1997)
  • Founding Partner, Rode, Lucas & Schellhas, PLLP, 1989 -1996
  • Sole Proprietor, Heidi S. Schellhas Law Offices, 1988 -1989
  • Partner, Associate Attorney, and Law Clerk, Carlsen, Greiner & Law, 1979 - 1988
  • Legal Assistant, Corporations and Securities Department, Dorsey & Whitney, 1978 -1979
  • Title Examiner, Guaranty Title, Inc., 1977 -1978

Professional Memberships:

  • Minnesota District Judges Association
  • Minnesota State and Hennepin County Bar Associations
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers

Additional Information:

Special Judicial Assignment:

  • Member, Special Redistricting Panel for State of Minnesota, July 2001 - March 2002

Other Judicial Experience:

  • Chair, Fourth Judicial District Budget & Finance Committee, June 2004 - 2007
  • Lead Judge, Fourth Judicial District Domestic Violence Court, August 1, 2006 - 2007
  • Chair, Domestic Violence Steering Committee, August 1, 2006 - 2007
  • Co-chair, Family Violence Coordinating Counsel, August 1, 2006 - 2007
  • Member, Fourth Judicial District Ad Hoc Budget Contingency Committee,
    December 2003 - May 2004
  • Lead Judge for Fourth Judicial District, Supreme Court Children's Justice Initiative,
    2000 - 2001
  • Chair, Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Open Child Protection Hearings, January 1998 - November 2001
  • Member, Executive Committee for Fourth Judicial District, 1999 - 2001
  • Chair, Gender Fairness Implementation Committee for the Fourth Judicial District, January 1997 - March 2000
  • Member, Supreme Court Task Force on Foster Care and Adoption,
    August 1994 - January 1997


  • "Being a Judge and the Criminal Justice System," University of Minnesota - Introduction to Criminal Justice, Professor Joel Samaha, April 2006, November 2005, November 2003
  • Panelist, Aquatennial Women's Session Career Forum, July 2005
  • Critiquing Judge, Judicial Trial Skills Training Program, University of Minnesota, April 2005
  • "Law & Order - Judge's Advice to New Lawyers," Hennepin County Bar Association, December 2004
  • "Open Child Protection Proceedings," Family Legacy Institute, WebCast, May 2004
  • Final Round Judge, William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition, March 2004
  • "Women Who Inspire Success," Edina Chamber of Commerce: WISE, September 2002
  • Course Chair, Juvenile Law, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, May 2002
  • "Media Orientation, Access to Hearings and Records in Child Protection Proceedings," Minnesota State Court Administration, June 2002
  • "Juvenile Court Proceedings for Interpreters," University of Minnesota, October 2001
  • "Through the Eyes of a Child," Juvenile Law, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, May 2001
  • "Juvenile Law," Minnesota Judicial College, May 2001
  • "Juvenile Justice in Hennepin County," The Woman's Club of Minneapolis, May 2001
  • "Justice in the Child Protection System," Edina Women's Club, March 2001
  • "New Rules of Juvenile Procedure," Supreme Court Children's Justice Initiative, September 2000
  • "Through the Eyes of the Child," Juvenile Protection Rules Workshop, Minnesota Supreme Court and Department of Human Services, June 2000
  • "Juvenile Law," Hennepin County Bar Association Law Meeting, May 2000
  • "Preparing for Mock Trial - From the Judge's Perspective," South View Middle School, Edina, Minnesota, May 2000
  • Guest Speaker, 38th Annual Law Day Luncheon, LAW Advocates of Hennepin County, May 2000
  • "Open CHIPS: How is it going and what are the ramifications?" Juvenile Law 2000, Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, May 2000
  • "Responding to Needs of Children in the Dependency System," Children's Law Center, October 1999
  • "A Judge's Perspective," First International Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Day Rally, September 1999
  • "Open CHIPS Court: What do you need to know? Why should you care?" Warren E. Burger Inn of Court, August 1999
  • "Post-termination of Parental Rights Review Hearing Requirements: Using the Court to Achieve Finalized Adoptions," Permanency in Minnesota: Achieving Stability and Safety for Children," a conference co-sponsored by the Minnesota Department of human Services and the Minnesota Supreme Court, June 1999
  • "Hot Topics in Juvenile Court - A Panel Discussion," Ninth Annual TEAM Conference: Time for Effective Action on Maltreatment of Minors," University of Minnesota, January 1999
  • "Children and Immigration Law," Children's Law Center of Minnesota, January 1999
  • Presentation on Opening Juvenile Courts in CHIPS Cases, Minnesota State Bar Association Annual Meeting, Joint Program of the Family Law and Children & the Law Sections, June 1998
  • "Open Hearings," Minnesota Social Service Association forum on child protection, May 1998
  • "Conversations with Judge Heidi Schellhas regarding the open juvenile court pilot project," Hennepin County Bar Association Juvenile Law Committee, May 1998
  • "Minnesota Child Welfare Issues," 105th Annual Spring Conference of the Minnesota Social Service Association, March 1998
  • "Women Making a Difference on Our Courts," Leaders Of Today & Tomorrow (LOTT), January 1998
  • "Civil Practice Skills," Adjunct Professor, part-time, William Mitchell College of Law, 1985 - 1986


  • "Open Child Protection Proceedings in Minnesota," William Mitchell Law Review, (Vol. 26, No. 3, 2000)