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Senior Judge Lawrence F. Clark
Senior Judge Lawrence F. Clark


Elected 2010 and 2016. Retired in 2020. Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from Mar. 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.


William Mitchell College of Law (1980)
University of Minnesota (B.A. in political science, 1975)
Owatonna High School (1970)


Dakota County Attorney’s Office, 1989-2010
Private practice in Red Wing, Minnesota and Ellsworth, Wisconsin, 1980-1989

Teaching and Mentoring:

  • Annual training for Sexual Assault Advocates
  • Training for new Dakota County Correctional Deputies
  • Police Report Writing and Preparing to Testify
  • Preparing Medical Experts to Testify
  • Attorney Mentor, William Mitchell College of Law and Dakota County Technical College
  • Mock Trial Judge for law school, college, and high school levels
  • Dakota County Peer Court Facilitator
  • Courtrooms to Classrooms volunteer

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Dakota County Bar Association
  • League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions (President 2004-2006)
  • Red Wing Human Rights Commission (2000-2006)
  • Moderator, series of community forums on human rights issues
  • Board of Directors, Red Wing Girl’s Softball Association
  • Board of Directors, Red Wing Summer Playhouse Theater
  • Cantor and music ministry, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church


Married 37 years
Three adult daughters, one grandchild