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Professional Honors & Recognition

National Association of Counties Achievement Awards

  • Accelerated Court Truancy (ACT) Program, 2004
  • Prioritizing Prosecution In Schools Program, 2002
  • Juvenile Tobacco Diversion Program, 1999
  • Gang and Violence Prevention Project, 1998
  • Juvenile Property Diversion Program, 1996
  • Volunteer Victim/Witness Advocate Program, 1995
  • Prosecution Case Management System, 1994
  • Juvenile Alcohol and Marijuana Diversion Program, 1993
  • Annual Anti-Drug/Violence Poster Calendar Contest, 1990


Outstanding Service Award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Dakota County
For recognition of exceptional and devoted service to the issue of drunk driving, 2001.

United States Department of Agriculture Certificate of Appreciation
For an effective fraud prevention and control initiative in cooperation with the Dakota County Human Service Department and the Sheriff’s Department, 1993.

Minnesota Association of Government Communications Northern Lights Award
For the brochure, Confronting Domestic Violence – Information You Need to Know, 1996.

Certificate of Commendation from the State of Minnesota
For partnership efforts with the Hastings School District for the Courtrooms to Classrooms Program, 1997.

Nationwide School Violence Panel
Selected to serve on a nation-wide panel of experts concerning violence in America’s schools (Involved meetings with United States Attorney General Janet Reno and President Bill Clinton in April 1998).

Member of Expert Panel
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism sponsored the panel for preparation of a manual concerning youth alcohol offenses entitled: Sentencing and Dispositions of Youth DUI and Other Alcohol Offenses: A Guide for Prosecutors and Judges.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention National Award
For recognition of outstanding work in the area of juvenile justice, December 1998.

Dakota Partnership for Healthy Communities Award
For dedication and commitment to crime prevention efforts in Dakota County, 1999.

Julius E. Gernes Public Attorney Award of Excellence
For recognition of dedication and commitment to public service and the public practice of law, 1999.

State of Minnesota Mothers Against Drunk Driving Award
For outstanding dedication and support in the prosecution of DWI crimes and issues, 2001.

West St. Paul Make A Difference Day Award
For recognition of domestic and child abuse prevention efforts, 2001

Top 12 Attorneys of the Year for 2002
Awarded by Minnesota Lawyer Magazine.

Dakota County Youth Planning Committee Service Award
For 10 years of support to the Dakota County Youth Summit, 2004.

Minnesota Law and Politics Magazine “Super Lawyer”
Selected as a “Super Lawyer” in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Minnesota Supreme Court's Chemical Dependency Task Force
Member in 2005-2006.

Johnson Distinguished Service Award
Received the 2006 award from the Minnesota County Attorneys Association.

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