Judge Carmaine M. Sturino


Appointed by Governor Mark Dayton on Sept. 17, 2015. Elected in 2016. Current term expires Jan. 2023.


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