Judge Randall J. Slieter


  • Appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Mark Dayton on December 3, 2018. Elected in 2020. Current term expires Jan. 2027. 
  • Appointed to the Eighth Judicial District Court by Governor Arne Carlson in 1994.  Chambers in Olivia, Renville County.  Elected in 1996, 2002, 2008, and 2014.


  • J.D. Hamline University School of Law, 1986.
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, 1983.

Legal Employment:

  • Qualley, Boulton, & Slieter, 1986-1994

Law School and College Faculty:

  • Adjunct Professor of Pre-Trial Litigation
    • Mitchell Hamline Law School, 2015
  • Adjunct Professor of Remedies
    • Mitchell Hamline Law School, 2000-2015
  • Adjunct Professor of WRAP
    • Mitchell Hamline Law School, 2000-2010
  • Adjunct Professor in Department of Government
    • Minnesota State, Mankato, 2010-2011

Professional Awards

  • 2009-2010 Elmer H. Wiblishauser Author’s Award
    • Issued by the Minnesota State Bar Association Publications Committee, October 2010. Best article contributed to the Bench & Bar magazine for an article entitled “Contempt of Court: Has This been a Bad Month for Your Client?”, May/June 2010.
  • Award for Outstanding Service to the Community
    • Minnesota District Judges Association, September 6, 2002.


  • William Mitchell Law Review
    • “The Minnesota Public Defender System: A Change of Governance Should Occur for the State to Effectively Fulfill its Constitutional Obligation”, Vol 37, No. 2, 2011; Co-Author
  • Bench & Bar of Minnesota Magazine
    • “Contempt of Court: Has This Been a Bad Month for Your Client?”, Vol. LXVII, No. V, May/June 2010
  • Bench Notes, 2008 Minnesota District Judges Association
    • “Technology: What Changes Judges Might Expect to See in the Next Ten Years; Spring 2008
  • E-Filing Report, 2003 Glasser Legalworks
    • “Electronic Filing in Minnesota Courts”, May 2003, Vol. 3, No. 5

Professional Association:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • 12th District Bar Association; past president
  • Minnesota District Judges Association; past member and board member
  • Minnesota District Court/Tribal Court Forum (2010-2018)
  • Criminal & Juvenile Justice Task Force (CrimNet Task Force) Judicial Representative (2004-2015)
  • Minnesota Supreme Court General Rules of Practice Committee; past member
  • Western Minnesota Legal Services; past member and president
  • MSBA Volunteer Attorney Program; past volunteer
  • MSBA Mock Trial Program; past attorney coach and trial judge

Community Activities:

  • RC Hospital & Clinics of Olivia Foundation Board Member (2008-2014)
  • Olivia Kiwanis Barbershop Quartet; current member
  • Kiwanis International; current member
  • Woodbury Chorus & Orchestra; past member
  • BOLD (Bird Island, Olivia, & Lake Lillian School District) Community Jazz & Swing Band; past member
  • St. Aloysius Church Choir; past member
  • Minnesota West Community & Technical College (formerly Southwestern Technical College); past member board of directors and chair