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Judge Mark Ireland


Elected 2010 and 2016, current term expires Jan. 2023


University of Minnesota School of Law, J.D. cum laude
Southern Methodist University, BA

Academic Positions:

Legal Research and Writing Instructor, University of Minnesota School of Law (2009-2012)
Adjunct Professor, Consumer Transactions, Hamline University School of Law (2008-2010)

Advisory or Policy-Making Positions:

Board of Directors, Minnesota District Court Judges Association (2012-present)
Lead Judge, Children's Justice Initiative, Second Judicial District (2013-October 2015)
Chair, Child Protection Mediation Program Steering Committee (2012-October 2015)
Statewide Drug Court Initiative Advisory Committee, Member (October 2015 to present)
National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Model Court Implementation Site, Lead Judge (2014 to 2015)
MSBA Legal Assistance to the Disadvantaged, Judicial Sub-Committee (2014 to present)
eCourt-MN Judge Team, member (2013 to 2015)
Second Judicial District, eGovernance Committee (2013 to present)
Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Juvenile Protection Procedure and Adoption Procedure, Member (July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2017)


Supervising Attorney, Housing Preservation Project
Assistant Attorney General, State of Minnesota
Private Practice

Professional Memberships:

Minnesota District Judges Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Ramsey County Bar Association

Honors and Awards:

Outstanding Service Award for Direct Legal Service, Minnesota Justice Foundation (2009)
Up and Coming Attorney Award, Minnesota Lawyer (2009)
Rising Star, Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine
Ambassador Scholarship, National Judicial College (2014)
President’s Community Partner Award, Campus Compact Minnesota (2016)


“Five Steps To Stronger Legal Writing” Minnesota Legal Services, September 16, 2014
“Strengthening Best Practices for Experienced and New CHIPS Judges” Annual Conference of Judges 2014
“Child Protection” New Judge Orientation, October 2014, March 2015
“The Child Protection System—How It Is Supposed To Work” Minnesota CLE, August 10 2015