Judge Maximillia Utley


Appointed on November 16, 2020, by Governor Tim Walz. Elected November 8, 2022. Current term expires December 31, 2028.


University of Minnesota, B.A.
University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.


  • Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, Senior Assistant County Attorney (2009-2020)
  • Minnesota Court of Appeals, Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas Kalitowski and the Honorable Heidi Schellhas (2008-2009)

Professional Memberships:

  • Member, Minnesota District Judge Association
    • Minnesota District Judge Foundation Planning and Education Committee
  • Member, Fourth Judicial District Equal Justice Committee
  • Member, Fourth Judicial District Judicial Officer Device Committee
  • Member, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers
    • Former President (2011-2012)
    • Former Secretary (2008-2010)
  • Member, Legislative Advisory Workgroup
  • Member, Court Operations Advisory Workgroup
  • Member, 2023 Annual Conference of Judges Planning Committee
  • Member, Youth Justice Council

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Adjunct Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • Mentor; Judicial Externship Volunteer - University of St. Thomas Law School
  • Co-Editor and Committee Member, Minnesota Criminal Benchbook
  • Volunteer, Clare Housing Organization
  • Volunteer Judge, William McGee Civil Rights Moot Court