Judge Carmaine M. Sturino


Appointed by Governor Mark Dayton on Sept. 17, 2015. Elected in 2016 and 2022. Current term expires Jan. 2029.


J.D., Drake University Law School
B.A., University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Certificate of Legislative Practice, Drake Law School
Continuing Judicial Education

Prior Employment:

Assistant Public Defender, Third Judicial District
Solo practitioner
Assistant Winona County Attorney

Conciliation Court Referee, Winona County
Former Adjunct Professor;
  • Winona State University, Child Protection
  • St. Mary’s University, Law Enforcement
  • University of Wisconsin La Crosse, State and Local Government

Professional and Community Activities: 

  • Annual Judicial Outreach to local high schools
  • Minnesota District Judges Association (MDJA) Board Member
  • Vice Chair of the MDJA Elections Committee
  • MDJA Pensions & Benefits Committee Member
  • Statewide One Judge County Member
  • Former Member, Juvenile Justice Coalition
  • Former Secretary, Winona County Bar Association
  • Juvenile Weighted Caseload Workgroup 2019
  • Winter Conference Planning Committee 2017
  • Recipient of National Center for State Courts Education and Development Materials
  • Recipient of Berkley Judicial Institute Education and Development Materials
  • Recipient of Judicial Ethics and Discipline Education and Development Materials
  • Recipient of The National Judicial College Education and Development Materials
  • Completion of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - 2019

Hobbies and Interests:

YMCA participant
5K Enthusiast
Hobby Farming