Referee Mary Madden


December 2010 by Chief Judge James Swenson, 4th District


B.A., University of Minnesota, 1983
J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, 1988


  • District Court Referee, Family Court, 2nd Judicial District, September 2008-December 2010
  • Administrative Law Judge, Child Support Magistrate, January 1998-September 2008
  • Private practice family law attorney, April 1990-September 2008

Professional Memberships:

Admission Minnesota Supreme Court, 1988
Admission United States Supreme Court, 1999
Minnesota State Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Judicial Engagement Network (JEN)

Professional and Community Activities:

Mentor, University of St. Thomas School of Law
Residency Supervisor, Legal Residency Program, Mitchell-Hamline Law School
Board Member, West 7th Community Center
Board Secretary, Prodigal House
Board Member, Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Volunteer, Chrysalis Legal Services Program
Volunteer, Volunteer Lawyers Network - Homeless Project
Volunteer, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights - Asylum Project

Additional Information:

  • American Bar Association Judith S. Kaye Award for Judicial Excellence
  • Standpoint Journey of Hope Award
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers Public Service Award
  • Trainer- National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges/National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence, National Judicial College, Center for Court Innovation, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Battered Women’s Justice Project
  • Adjunct Professor, University of St. Thomas School of Law, 2019-2021