Judge Keala C. Ede

Minnesota Judicial Center
Court of Appeals
(651) 297-7650

Judge Keala C. Ede


Appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Tim Walz on September 11, 2023.

Appointed to the District Court March 8, 2022 by Governor Tim Walz. 


J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2003
B.A., Occidental College, magna cum laude, 2000


  • Office of the Federal Defender, District of Minnesota, Assistant Federal Defender (2016-2022)
  • Minnesota Attorney General's Office, Assistant Attorney General (2015-2016)
  • Orange County Office of the Public Defender, Deputy Public Defender (2010-2015)
  • American Samoa Office of the Public Defender, Assistant Public Defender (2009-2010)
  • Robins, Kaplan, Miller, & Ciresi, L.L.P., Associate Attorney (2007-2009)
  • Cades Schutte, L.L.P., Associate Attorney (2005-2006)
  • Hawai'i Supreme Court, Judicial Law Clerk to Associate Justice Steven H. Levinson (ret.) (2003-2005)

Professional Memberships:

  • Bar Admissions: Minnesota, Hawai'i, California, and American Samoa
  • Bar Memberships: National Native American Bar Association, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Minnesota American Indian Bar Association, Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Native Hawaiian Bar Association, Minnesota Disability Bar Association, and Federal Bar Association

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Board of Directors Member, Division of Indian Work
  • Wilder Foundation Meals on Wheels volunteer meal delivery
  • Minnesota Court of Appeals Equal Justice Committee
  • Past co-chair and current member, Minnesota American Indian Bar Association Scholarship Committee
  • Volunteer youth sports official

Additional Information:

  • 2023 Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association “Trailblazer Award”
  • 2021 Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Special Achievement Award
  • 2020 Minnesota Lawyer "Attorney of the Year"
  • 2019 Minnesota Lawyer "Attorney of the Year"