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Work Experience

Dakota County Attorney: 1987–present

Assistant Dakota County Attorney: 1978–1987 (served five years as head of the Civil Division)


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN (J.D. 1978 – Cum Laude)
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth (B.A. 1974 – Magna Cum Laude; Majors in Economics and Political Science)
  • Graduate of F.B. I. National Law Institute

Accomplishment Highlights

  • Successfully prosecuted major criminal cases
  • Secured passage of numerous laws aimed at improving the criminal justice system in Minnesota
  • Established innovative programs within the Dakota County Attorney’s Office for crime prevention, juvenile crime and crime victim services.
  • Frequent speaker at state and national legal education forums
  • Authored numerous articles and training materials
  • Active in community organizations dealing with prevention of chemical abuse and violence

Minnesota County Attorneys Association

  • Member of Board of Directors: 1988–present
  • President: 1994 & 2008 (president elect 2007)
  • Chair of Criminal Law Committee: 1991–1993
  • Chair of Juvenile Committee: 2000–2005
  • Member of Board of Directors: 1992–present
  • Vice-President: 1997–2000
  • Member of Executive Committee: 2001–2002
  • Co-Chair of the Juvenile Justice Committee: 1994–2001 & 2003–2007

Other Professional Organizations


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