Judge Krista J. Jass


  • Appointed Dec. 30, 2010, by Governor Tim Pawlenty. Elected in 2012 and 2018. Term expires Jan. 2025.


  • J.D., Hamline University School of Law, 1993 (American Jurisprudence Award in evidence, and Outstanding Scholarship Award from the Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy)
  • B.A., History and Psychology, Gustavus Adolphus College, 1990


  • Fifth Judicial District Chief Public Defender, 2007-2010
  • Managing Attorney, Fifth Judicial District Public Defender's office, 2002-2007
  • Assistant Public Defender, Fifth Judicial District, 1994-2002

Professional Memberships:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Sixth District Bar Association
  • Department of Corrections Female Offender Task Force
  • Fifth Judicial District Drug Court Steering Committee
  • Blue Earth County Community Corrections Advisory Board
  • Blue Earth County Law Library Board of Trustees
  • Blue Earth County Judicial Coordinating Council
  • Blue Earth County Drug Court Steering Committee
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers for the South Central Area
  • Former member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Former public defender representative, Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force on ITV

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Board Member, Life Work Planning Center
  • Mankato Downtown Kiwanis Club
  • Blue Earth County Community Corrections Advisory Board
  • Bridges Community School Advisory Board
  • Sunday School shepherd, Christ the King Lutheran Church