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Senior Judge Diane R. Alshouse
Senior Judge Diane R. Alshouse


Appointed Sept. 1, 2005, by Governor Tim Pawlenty. Elected in 2006 and 2012. 

Retired Sept. 23, 2016.

Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021.


J.D., Hamline University School of Law, 1984
B.A., Luther College (Deocrah, Iowa), 1970


  • Judge- Second Judicial District, Aug. 18, 2005 - Sept. 23, 2016
  • Managing attorney- Ramsey County Public Defender's Office, 1985-2005
  • Assistant Attorney- Hennepin County, 1997-1998

Professional Memberships:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association (Public Law Section, Executive Council)
  • Ramsey County Bar Association (Ethics Committee), 1998-2004

Lecturing and Teaching Experience:

  • Presenter- Continuing Legal Education Seminars on Ethics, 2004
  • Presenter- Voir Dire, 2003
  • Speaker- Leadership St. Paul's Law Enforcement Day, 2002
  • Instructor (Lawyering Skills) - Hamline University School of Law, 1989-1991

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Board of Directors- Criminal Defense Services, 1987-1991
  • Chair and Founder- Como Zoo's Nature Walk Program, 1989-2000
  • Board of Directors- Community Care Corporation, 1987-1996
  • Mock Trial Coach- Hamline University School of Law
  • Member- Women of Today
  • Volunteer- United Hospital
  • Volunteer- Companion Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Volunteer- Last Chance Forever: The Bird of Prey Conservancy
  • Member and Former President- Como Zoo Docents
  • Member- White Bear Area Choral Association