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Judge Gregory G. Galler
 
Honesty - Integrity - Professionalism - Justice

 

 

 

Judge Galler has served the citizens of Minnesota's 10th Judicial District since January, 2001 when he was sworn in after being appointed by Governor Jesse Ventura.  Judge Galler was chambered at the Sherburne County Courthouse in Elk River until October, 2004.  He has since been chambered at the Washington County Courthouse in Stillwater. 

 

Before taking the bench, Judge Galler practiced law for 13 years at a general practice private law firm in Stillwater.  Pursuant to Minnesota law, he was on the ballot and elected to his position in 2002 he was re-elected in 2008.  He is again on the ballot in 2014.

 

  

A History of Community Involvement:

Judge Galler has a long history of professional & community involvement.  
 
 

 

 


Co-Lead Judge in Washington County's Veteran's Court Program.


Co-Lead Judge in Washington County's Family Law Early Neutral Evaluation Initiative.


President, Washington County Law Library, Board of Trustees.


Past President, 19th District Bar Association.

 

Former Chair & Investigator, 19th District Bar Association Ethics Committee.


Past President, Washington County Bar Association


Helped establish the Sherburne County Bar Association.


Member, Minnesota State Bar Association.


Founder and Past President, Washington County City Prosecutor's Association.


Lecturer/Presenter at Continuing Legal Education Programs & Local High Schools.

 

 

 

Member, Washington County Agricultural Society

 

Volunteer, Friends of China, (International Teaching Outreach Program) (2011-)


Member, State Canvassing Board (January 2006).


Member, 10th Judicial District Personnel & Human Resources Committee. (2001-2012)


Member, Washington County Calendar Review Committee.


Member, Washington County Architectural Space Committee.


Supervising Attorney, Washington County Fine Collections Unit (1994-2000).


Former Member & Chair, Washington County Sentence to Service Advisory Board.


Stillwater Chair, Boy Scouts-Friends of Scouting campaign (1996).



Member, Salem Lutheran Church & School in Stillwater.  (Past President - 7 Terms; Past Chair of Spiritual Growth Commitee - 3 Terms, Past Chair of Long Range Planning Committee, also a member of the usher & vestry teams.)


Member Board of Delegates, St. Croix Lutheran High School in West St. Paul, Minnesota (2003-2011).


Former Volunteer Mechanic, Christians in Action, Lake Elmo, Minnesota.




Coach, Stillwater Boy's Traveling Basketball Program, 2003-2008.


Coach, Salem Lutheran Church & School, Boy's Basketball Program, 2004-2007.


Coach, Lower St. Croix Valley & Lake Elmo, Traveling Baseball Programs (2004-2008).


Basketball Coach, St. Croix Lutheran High School, 9th Grade, 2007-2014; Varsity Assistant, 2010-2014.


Football Coach, St. Croix Lutheran High School, Freshmen & JV Head Coach, Assistant Varsity Coach, 2008.

 

Volunteer Videographer, St. Croix Lutheran High School, Varsity Football Team, 2007 & 2009 - 2013.

 

 

Contributing Columnist/Writer

 

     I write a monthly column that appears in a number of local newspapers.  Topics attempt to describe and discuss how the court works in clear and understandable language (no "Legal-ese").  Many topics are those requested by readers who can forward their requests through the editors of the papers.  Below is a list of newspapers that I know have run some of my columns.     


      - The Askov American


     -The Citizen, (Hugo)

 

     -The Country Messenger (Scandia, May & Marine on St. Croix)

 

    -The East Central Minnesota Post Review (North Branch, Harris, Rush City, Stacy, and area)


     -The East Side Review

 

    - The Forest Lake Times.

 

    - Isanti-Chisago County Star.


     -Marco Island News (Marco Island, Florida)


     -Minnesota Association of Court Administrators


    -Naples Daily News (Naples, Florida)

 

    -The Oakdale Patch

 

     -The Oakdale-Lake Elmo Review

 

     -The Pine City Pioneer


     -The Roseville-Little Canada Review

 

     -The Sherburne County Citizen.

 

    - The Stillwater Gazette.

 

    -The Stillwater Patch   

 

     -The Woodbury Bulletin    

 

      -The Woodbury Patch


     -The Wright County Journal Press

 

     -South Washington County Bulletin

       

     -Forward In Christ (National Magazine)

 


Podcasts of my Columns are now Heard on:

KRWC AM 1360 in Buffalo, Minnesota

 

 


Law Library Board of Trustees

In 2011 I was elected to serve as President of the Washington County Law Library Board of Trustees.  The board oversees the budget and operations of Washington County's official law library - located at the  Stillwater courthouse - which serves over 4,000 people per year.  I have served on the board since 2007.  Below is a picture of the board members following our July 2011 meeting.  Members of the board (from left to right) are:  Attorney Tom Weidner, Washington County Library Director Pat Conley, Attorney Steve Povolny, Judge Elizabeth Martin, myself, Attorney Jennifer Nodes, and the Law Librarian in 2011, Brian Huffman.
 

 



Stillwater All-Stars Basketball

 

Here I am participating in a basketball game against the Harlem Ambassadors in 2009.  The event was sponsored by the Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club and was held at the Stillwater Area High School.  I was on the Stillwater All-Stars team.  (Apparently, one's star doesn't have to shine too brightly to make the squad.)  Here I am going in for a layup.  Although I can't prove it, I may in fact be several inches off of the floor! 

 

 

  

Honorary Duties

 

Once in a while judges are called upon to perform honorary types of duties.  These include swearing people in to office.  I've had the honor of administering the oath of office to elected officials and law enforcement personnel.   Two examples are shown below.

 

I was honored to be able to administer the oath of office to Minnesota State Senator Karin Housley in January 2013.  Looking on with pride is her husband, former NHL great Phil Housley.

 

 

 

 

Here I am in 2007 swearing in the late Dick Stafford for his final term as a Washington County Commissioner. 

 

 

 

 

Law Day - 2014


On May 1, 2014 I was honored to be able to speak to a group of over 100 Stillwater Lions and Stillwater Rotarians.  These two great service organizations have held an annual joint meeting recognizing and honoring America's "Law Day" for many years.   The topic of my discussion was, "How Judges Determine Sentences in Felony Criminal Cases."  The members of the clubs were a delight to speak with.  It was also great to share a great meal with and say "hello" to so many old friends.






Courthouse Visits

 

If you would like to visit the courthouse, you should do so.  The courthouse is open for visitors during regular courthouse hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).  Most cases are open to the public.

 

We also get visits at the courthouse from a variety of different groups.  Many school groups visit as part of a government or civics class.  I get a visit from graduating seniors from St. Croix Lutheran High School each spring.  Here I am with a Webelo's pack from Woodbury that visited court.  

 

 



Weddings at the Fair


In 2012, I performed weddings and renewal of wedding vow ceremonies at the Washington County Fair for free. Use the links on the left side of this page to get more information and see some of the pictures from this fun event.

 

 

 



 

Youth Coaching

I have enjoyed spending time coaching various youth sports teams for over twelve years.


 

Our varsity squad from two years ago (shown above) was fortunate enough to make it to the State Tournament for the first time in school history. Here I am below at Williams Arena on the U of M campus during pre-game warm-ups.

 

 

     

In addition to working as a varsity assistant, I have just completed my 7th year as the Freshmen coach.  Seeing these young men work hard and achieve more than they thought they could is a real joy for me.  We have also been fortunate enough to have done pretty well on the court.  Our record on the freshmen team for the past seven years is 107-39 (.730 win percentage).  I am truly appreciative of the privilege of being able to work with such outstanding young men and their families.   

 



"Justice in the Courts"

I was honored to be asked to speak about "Justice in the Courts" at open  forums at Boutwell's Landing in Stillwater and at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids.  Nearly 150 people attended in Stillwater and about 90 in Coon Rapids.  Those who attended were very engaged as we discussed topics such as:  "What is Justice?" "Should I Represent Myself in Court?" and "Is Family Court Fair to Both Sides?"   


 










Here is a link to the video of my presentation at Boutwell's Landing on You Tube:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Bsq6HRvZ7M

 

Future speaking events on the same topic - Justice in the Courts - are in the planning stages for Hugo and St. Paul in the Summer of 2014.  Stay tuned for more details.




Washington County Fair

 

I always enjoy spending time at the Washington County Fair. 

In 2011, I had the opportunity to appear on Ms. Margot Rheinberger's "TV on a Stick" cable program.  The program aired on cable outlets throughout the county. 

 

 

Even when not on TV, it is always great to enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes at our fair (just watch your step near the livestock barns!).  It is also great to catch up with so many old friends and acquaintances and to meet new ones.  I am always impressed with people's interest in good government.  Here I am below at the judges' booth from a number of years ago.  

 

 

 


 

Kona, Hawaii - 1/2 Marathon  


My wife, Sue, and I ran a half-marathon in Kona, Hawaii in June, 2006.  Sue ran to raise money for the American Stroke Association.  I ran along with her for support.  We also had a personal reason to run: our sister-in-law, Julie, had a serious stroke in 2005.  Running 13.1 miles in Hawaii was a blast and the proceeds of Sue's efforts went to a great cause.  Here we are on the home stretch with about 4 miles to go.